LaRue Cook

Alexandria, VA 22315

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Personal Training Certification Help

8 Answers | Asked by Christy Sanchez on Jul 04, 2015

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 21, 2015

Hi Christy. Decide on what areas of this vast field you'd like to focus your practice in and then research the various certification programs out there that might be suit your needs. While each program you research may be accredited, I think that it's a mistake to say or think that they're all ess...

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Which insurance policy would you recommend ?

3 Answers | Asked by Hanya Anderson on Jul 15, 2015

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 21, 2015

Hi Hanya. If you haven't already checked with your local zoning board to make sure that you can legally run a Home-Based personal training studio, I would recommend that as your first step. Most insurers will not insure your business unless it's legal in your jurisdiction. You should also meet wi...

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Personal Training Forms

3 Answers | Asked by James Brown on Jul 16, 2015

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 21, 2015

Your best and safest bet is to meet with an experienced business attorney and have him or her help you draw up the proper forms that are relevant to your business. Template forms are very general in nature and if you decide to go that route, I would still meet with an attorney and use those forms a...

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What can you do when a client is believing false or potentially harmful fitness advice from someone else over your word?

8 Answers | Asked by Julian Conner on Jul 20, 2015

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 21, 2015

Hi Julian. The best you can do is back-up your 'advice' with solid data/research. At some point, either the client believes in what you are telling them or NOT. If not, then it's up to you as the professional to decide whether their failure to believe and follow your advice is detrimental to their...

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Is personal training your secondary career?

13 Answers | Asked by Alejandra Wile on Dec 31, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 04, 2015

Hi Alejandra. My fitness business is my full-time job/business. After spending years in two other professions (hospital administration and attorney) while training clients part-time, I finally decided that following my passion for my fitness and training practice was well worth it. LaRue, CSCS ...

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Difficult Client Who Doesn't Want to Get on Floor to Do Core Work

14 Answers | Asked by Jayne Powers on Jan 02, 2015

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 04, 2015

Hi Jayne. There are other ways to work your client's core without having to be on the floor. It sounds like mobility (getting up and down off the floor) may be the real 'unspoken' issue for your client. That being said, since you indicate your client says that 'she knows what she needs to do to l...

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client release forms

2 Answers | Asked by Marisa Cerveris on Jan 03, 2015

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 04, 2015

Hi Marisa. Templates are fine as a 'starting point,' (you can find them everywhere) but in my opinion, they should never be used 'as is,' but need to be reviewed and tweaked by legal counsel to make them applicable to your business and training. I hope that this helps. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfit...

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How would I record, refer and communicate with negative feedback from a client , what strategies would I use?

8 Answers | Asked by Deidre Walker on Jan 02, 2015

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 04, 2015

Hi Deidre. I'm a little confused by your question. Are you saying that the client has approached you with their 'complaint' or has mentioned this to someone else? If it's a clash of 'personalities' then there isn't much that you can do other than refer the client to another trainer. Because of the ...

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Just got certified, now what's my main priority?

12 Answers | Asked by Armand Koulouzian on Dec 21, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 21, 2014

Hi Armand. Let me also congratulate you on becoming certified! Once certified, there are so many things/details for you to consider that it's difficult, if not impossible, to narrow it down to a "main priority." That being said, I think that one of the first things you should begin to do (of cour...

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What makes you a good Personal Trainer?

14 Answers | Asked by David Lackey on Dec 21, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 21, 2014

Hi David. I think that you hit on the 'it' factor - PASSION. It's a passion for helping others in a way that can impact their lives for the rest of their lives! It's a passion for knowledge, learning and staying current (which unfortunately, not all trainers do until it's time for their annual CE...

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