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LaRue Cook

Alexandria, VA 22315

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Looking for a good spouse contract. One a wife can have her spouse sign to help her adhere to her new fitness program.

4 Answers | Asked by Marianne King on Sep 02, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Sep 03, 2011

Hi Marianne. I like the concept (i.e. a partnership in health), but after working with several partners of a spouse who was NOT involved in becoming healthier the one thing I've learned is that the motivation of the "other partner" has to come from within. The "contract" that they share has its beg...

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Balancing strength with endurance

8 Answers | Asked by Wendy Stewart on Sep 01, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Sep 01, 2011

Hi Wendy. One exercise that I use a lot with the female athletes I train is the upper body ergometer. This piece of equipment is excellent for building strength and endurance in the upper body, and I use it often with swimmers, throwers, strikers etc. Not knowing your particular health situation, ...

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What kind of fitness experience are people looking for?

11 Answers | Asked by Brenda Lewis on Aug 31, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 31, 2011

Hi Brenda. I'm assuming that you want to know what clients are looking for in the way of fitness experience? If so, I think that the answer to this question really depends on the client. Clients come in all sizes, shapes, and fitness goals (needs). The type of experience that they are looking for...

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What's the biggest obstacle to exercise for people who are overweight?

22 Answers | Asked by Ingrid Wentzel on Aug 29, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 29, 2011

Hi Ingrid. This is a great question, and one with a multi-faceted answer. But since you asked for ONE obstacle, I'd say the biggest one if the overweight person's HEAD. Convincing themselves that they CAN and SHOULD do this (begin exercise that is) is a major first obstacle for most of the overwei...

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What motivates you?

13 Answers | Asked by Dana Connelly on Aug 28, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 29, 2011

Learning new things and teaching or helping others with the knowledge and skills that I've acquired. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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What are the must things to do as a trainer to make the training experience a 5 star experience for my clients.

14 Answers | Asked by sizwe gumede on Aug 29, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 29, 2011

Hi Sizwe. Here are just a few of the "things" that I would suggest. Be "present" and in the moment for the entire time that you are working with your client! This means having good listening and other "communication" skills (e.g. talking, showing, watching). Show a genuine interest in your client...

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At what point should you change the exercises in your workout routine (weeks, months etc)?

18 Answers | Asked by Gus Aguirre on May 10, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 28, 2011

I usually change my workout routine for myself, and those for my clients, every workout. However, as for a general answer to your question I would say when EITHER, your workouts are getting boring/stale (i.e. mental staleness), or when you are no longer making progress (physical staleness or platea...

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What are the benefits of doing supersets in a routine?

6 Answers | Asked by Gus Aguirre on Aug 27, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 28, 2011

Hi Gus. I would add to what Joanne has said above. I work with a lot of athletes, and I agree with her comment that this type of training is not for everyone. I like it because it also helps my client to ensure a certain degree of symmetry in that when used to work opposing muscle groups, it's a ...

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Which is better for strength training: large fitness equipment or my body weight?

15 Answers | Asked by Joy Keller on Aug 26, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 26, 2011

Hi Joy. I did not take a look at your profile before answering your question, so iI am answering this question as if the response is intended for you directly. One of the primary principles of resistance or strength training is the "overload principle." Simply stated, this principle states that...

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Will liability insurance cover you if you don't have a business license?

7 Answers | Asked by Jason Carrillo on Aug 26, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 26, 2011

Hi Jason. This is a question that you should ask your insurance agent. But, more importantly, first things first. You need to check with your local government agency (it's usually listed as something like "Business Licenses" or something like that) to see if they require you to have one. The ans...

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