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LaRue Cook

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Work Out Gloves...Useful or Hindrance?

22 Answers | Asked by Michael Saiz on Jan 27, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 27, 2012

I have two clients (a husband and wife) who swear by them, and wouldn't work out without them :-) Of course, when we work on exercises requiring manual dexterity, they have to take them off (so in those cases I guess you can call them a hindrance). So, the long and short of it is that they can be ...

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Contract for corporate wellness

3 Answers | Asked by Karen McDonald on Jan 25, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 25, 2012

Hi Karen. You don't mention it here, but where are you in the "discussions" with these companies that are interested in corporate wellness? If you are only in the "interest" phase of discussions with a company considering corporate wellness, you may consider preparing a "proposal" instead of a con...

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Which is better: butter or margarine?

11 Answers | Asked by Cynthia Becker on Jan 23, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 24, 2012

Hi Cynthia. To add to Karin's answer, this is what the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has to say on this issue: Tip of the Day Is Margarine Healthier Than Butter? What exactly is the difference between margarine and butter? While margarine was developed to be a substitute for butter, it...

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Explosive Power vs. Power Training?

4 Answers | Asked by Kurt Gillon on Jan 24, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 24, 2012

Hi Kurt. I have not read the articles or followed this "surge," but I do have an opinion on your question. As both a sports conditioning trainer and a trainer certified in Olympic lifting it's a long held misnomer that, for example much of the "power lifting" sport and technique is actually the sl...

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Do you provide payment plans for your clients and if you do, whats your policy?

8 Answers | Asked by Denise Romo on Jan 13, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 22, 2012

My clients must pay in advance, in full. If they're taking one session at a time, they pay for three sessions in advance. If they take one of my packages, they pay for the entire package in advance. I do not like to be put in the position of bill-collector, or to deal with the awkwardness of remi...

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Re-certifying after expiration, what's the best option?

7 Answers | Asked by Yves Lavoie on Jan 14, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 22, 2012

I agree with what Joanne has said (I hold my CSCS and think that the credential is well worth it), as well as agree with Stephen (I have over 10-years education College and beyond), and Shawn (some organizations will allow for testing for their certification without having to take "courses," I sat f...

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Has Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin (social media) been able to increase your fitness profile and/or bring you new clients?

9 Answers | Asked by Kurt Gillon on Jan 18, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 20, 2012

Karin is right! As we say in the law, "you can't un-ring the bell." So, while I believe that social media can definitely be a big help to our business as trainers (again if used correctly, smartly and with some forethought), it can also hurt it if we use it indiscriminately. The long and short of...

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Does jumping in a cardio workout help build bone density in older adults?

12 Answers | Asked by Janice Johnson on Jan 19, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 20, 2012

I agree with the previous three posters (Janet, Daniel and Karin). With an older population you must always be aware of the risk of injury. The key is "weight-bearing" exercise for maintaining or building bone density. Therefore, any weight-bearing exercise will be helpful in this regard. I a...

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when do your clients pay for the sessions they purchased?

9 Answers | Asked by Denise Romo on Jan 12, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 19, 2012

My clients all pay in advance. If they take a series of single sessions, they pay for three sessions at a time, if they take a package, they pay for the entire package in advance. The purpose of my policy is so that I can simplify my accounting and bookkeeping, not have to be in the business of "c...

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Do I offend you?

7 Answers | Asked by Kurt Gillon on Jan 14, 2012

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 19, 2012

In our society, as they say in marketing and publicity "even negative attention is better than no attention at all!" Although I'm NOT a proponent of negative ads, negative reinforcement, or negative motivation, I have to say that if this series of ads serves to shine more attention and light on the...

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