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LaRue Cook

Alexandria, VA 22315

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How many of you implement Periodization training with your clients?

10 Answers | Asked by Kisar Dhillon on Oct 18, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 18, 2011

Hi Kisar. I use this method with some of my athlete clients. I find that a pure periodization model seldom works in the "real world" simply because many athletes (particularly young athletes) do not have real pre and post season periods or real down time because of their playing multiple sports wit...

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As trainers, how do you stay motivated?

22 Answers | Asked by Andrea Johnson on Oct 13, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 14, 2011

By looking for and appreciation the small positive changes that I see in my clients! My clients are the entire reason that I got into this profession, and so when I see a client make a small positive change that makes a big change in their lives, it really motivates me to continue to help people in...

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When doing mat exercises, does it matter if the back is flat to the mat or keep the back neutral?

11 Answers | Asked by Kacy Black on Oct 12, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 14, 2011

In my opinion, neutral spine is much preferred. There's a reason it's called "neutral" spine - neutral is "natural!" Forcing the spine into unnatural positions just sets you up for injury in my opinion. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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What nutrition education have your received/attended?

7 Answers | Asked by Andrea Johnson on Oct 13, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 14, 2011

Several webinars put on by Human Kinetics on nutrition; my own online research, and books by authors such as Nancy Clark. I hope this helps you Andrea. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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I'd like to know how IDEA and other professional trainers feel about manually stretching clients.

10 Answers | Asked by Debi Vincent on Oct 13, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 14, 2011

Hi Debi. Can you expand on what you mean by "illegal?" I think that "appropriate" touch is a large part of personal training. Spotting, stretching, correcting body alignment or positioning are all a part of good training in my opinion. I use a lot of PNF stretching techniques, particularly with m...

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Is it appropriate to train teens and adults in a mixed group?

12 Answers | Asked by Sandy Todd Webster on Oct 13, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 13, 2011

Hi Sandy, great question! A lot depends on the age of the teens and the nature of the training. If we're talking about older teens 18-19 (and perhaps even 17) then yes, it's probably ok. Also, the type of group training involved is another determinant. What we want to steer clear of when working...

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Do you use a student sign in sheet

9 Answers | Asked by CONNIE LIGHTFOOT-TAYLOR on Oct 11, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 12, 2011

Hi Connie. Yes, yes, yes, having a sign-in sheet (at the least) makes a lot of sense on a number of fronts! Here are just a few. For refund/class makeups or extension purposes; for liability purposes (someone claims to have been injured in your class but wasn't even there that day etc.; for payme...

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What advise can you give to me as a new independent contractor in a small gym. I recently received my certification.

9 Answers | Asked by Tracy Ross on Oct 07, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 10, 2011

Hi Tracy. I wanted to follow-up on my previous answer. With all respect to my colleague here, let me clarify MY use of the phrase "good luck." I don't use or see "luck" as implying the lack of ability at all. To the contrary, I use this term much more expansively. A long time ago I heard (or read)...

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What advise can you give to me as a new independent contractor in a small gym. I recently received my certification.

9 Answers | Asked by Tracy Ross on Oct 07, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 08, 2011

Hi Tracy. I'd like to piggy-back on what Joanne has said. An almost natural by-product of "owning the knowledge" is that this will improve your confidence. Being confident as you approach potential clients or they approach you has a way of giving you instant credibility, making you more relaxed as y...

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When doing a machine leg press, is it ok to direct toes to the outside as long as the knees are in alignment with the toes?

10 Answers | Asked by Sheryl Laguna on Oct 06, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Oct 08, 2011

Yes, this can be a safe way to leg press if performed correctly. This exercise is somewhat similar to "sumo squats" with free weight or body weight. If you are in doubt whether you're performing this exercise correctly have a certified personal trainer (assuming you are not one) take a look at wha...

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