Karin Singleton

Raleigh, NC 27612-3431

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Studio Owners: When opening a studio, is it enough to specialize in one form of fitness and its varieties or to expand to others

4 Answers | Asked by Orlee Glazer on Jul 29, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 31, 2013

Hi Orlee, I read your conversation with Ariadne. I would also rather do a few things really well than trying to be all things to all people. You need to be competitive and set yourself apart from other gyms, and specialization with a few related items is the best way unless you own a large gym...

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Studio Owners: What should a non-compete say for my instructors?

4 Answers | Asked by Orlee Glazer on Jul 30, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 31, 2013

Hi Orlee, now I understand. I think an attorney will be best to advise you here even though I am not sure whether there is an enforceable protection possible. I know that Sue Hitzmann with MELT had this issue when she first shared some of her work with others which promptly was copied and use...

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How do you distinguish yourself from the competition?

10 Answers | Asked by Harris Sophocleous on Jul 30, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 31, 2013

Hi Harris, I have always tried to be the best I can be. Not in comparison to others but for my own personal growth. I have a passion for learning and sharing, not just all things fitness but I strive to learn in as many areas as I can. One of those quests has lead me to obtain comprehensive in...

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Best Exercises to rate Client Progress

8 Answers | Asked by patricia provencher on Jul 30, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 30, 2013

Hi Patricia, I am with LaRue. Not only are there many different formal assessments, you can use just about any challenging movement as an assessment if it is relevant for the client. What you test depends entirely on the person. A test for an athlete would look completely different from that f...

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Studio Owners: What should a non-compete say for my instructors?

4 Answers | Asked by Orlee Glazer on Jul 30, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 30, 2013

Hi Orlee, I am not sure I understand your question: you train instructors in 'your method' but you do not want them to teach it? Why do you then train them in it? Karin Singleton www.meltnc.com

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Good topic to speak to cancer survivors at Relay for Life

4 Answers | Asked by Emily Zug on Jul 29, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 29, 2013

Hi Emily, I would talk about the importance of maintaining strength through resistance training and would focus on easy-to-handle equipment like bands that are not intimidating and can be adjusted easily to the needs of the user. I often bring props to talks like that that can be passed around so...

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How long do you keep client files after they've stopped coming to you?

9 Answers | Asked by Stephanie Decker on Jul 29, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 29, 2013

Hi Stephanie, for my own personal business, I keep old clients' files for a long time because I had instances of clients coming back after years, and it is great to be able to pull old files. There was an article in IDEA a few years ago which dealt with this issue, and the consensus there was ...

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Does anyone know how to get copies of your attendance to the 2102 World Conference for Recertification purposes?

1 Answer | Asked by Tony Cress on Jul 29, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 29, 2013

Hi Tony, I am sure that you still remember which sessions you attended. In the package that you received last year was a sheet where you could have recorded the sessions you attended, and the number of CeCs per session were also in the handout. Since all of this is MIA, I am sure the people a...

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is the National Association for Fitness a trustworthy source for a certification?

7 Answers | Asked by Rachelle Barrett-Dean on Jul 28, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 28, 2013

Hi Rachelle, judging from their web site, they look pretty good. They are approved as continued education providers for ACE, and I hope that ACE is rather discriminating here. I saw that they are currently offering their certification in group fitness or personal training per Groupon which mak...

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suggestions for purchasing kettlebells for in home training?

8 Answers | Asked by Melissa Sigler on Jul 25, 2013

Answered by Karin Singleton on Jul 28, 2013

Hi Melissa, I agree with Harris here. Kettlebells are tricky, and correct form is mandatory to avoid wrist injuries. Even though it is the latest 'thing', I would think about it twice. I personally bought one adjustable kettlebell and only use it one-on-one when I do. Since you are doing a sma...

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