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LaRue Cook

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What personal trainer certification is the best for someone who is an exercise enuthsiast?

8 Answers | Asked by Jenny Gabriel on Aug 17, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 17, 2011

Hi Jenny. I think that it's a very smart move to check around with other fitness professionals (as you've done here) and with some of the local fitness facilities in your area to see which certifications are sought after and will lead to a job (which, from your question seems to be your goal). I t...

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What do you think about using Anabolic Steroids in non-competition circumstances for image results?

11 Answers | Asked by Eddie Lester on Aug 17, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 17, 2011

I agree with Joanne, and would add that in the U.S. without a valid prescription, they are illegal. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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I am curious to see how many of you do Online Training/Coaching?

17 Answers | Asked by Debbie Russell on Aug 16, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 16, 2011

I have used online training in the past, and found it to be useful and helpful with certain clients. I don't think it's for everyone (particularly beginner clients) and so, I would try to steer certain clients away from this type of training if they asked my opinion. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness....

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How do you feel about how Personal Trainers are portrayed on TV reality shows?

8 Answers | Asked by Debbie Russell on Aug 16, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 16, 2011

For the most part, I don't really like the way personal trainers are portrayed there. The "in your face," tough love, barking orders, style of most of them may grab the viewers' attention, and be sensational for television, but quite frankly in my now 18-years' of training experience (yikes!) I find...

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Would you consider "Aerobic Classes" as a dated term?

19 Answers | Asked by Serena Pharr on Aug 03, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 16, 2011

I don't know that I would call it a "dated" term since I still hear it basically everyday. The term is bandied about in gyms, you can type and search the term on the internet, and even well-respected journals utilize the term. I don't have a real problem with the term since for many lay-people it's...

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Advice for Newcomers

11 Answers | Asked by Ryan Halvorson on Aug 05, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 16, 2011

Understand that it's impossible to know everything and so be kind to yourself. Allow yourself the "luxury" of admitting to yourself and a client that you don't know something, but be ready and willing to find out. No one is an expert on EVERYTHING! LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@ya...

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What is your personal credo?

7 Answers | Asked by Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali on Aug 11, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 16, 2011

To remain optimistic no matter what the circumstance. To have fun. To teach as well as learn. And to do the best I can when taking on a task. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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What are some of you're FAVORITE exercises based on both likability and effectiveness?

13 Answers | Asked by Debra Denimarck on Aug 14, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 16, 2011

For cardio conditioning for my sport (tennis) I like anything that's high-intensity with a work-to-rest ratio mimicking a typical point/game. Suicides, rolling sprints, line hops, medicine ball mini-tennis are just a few of my favorites! LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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Favorite Resources

8 Answers | Asked by Shane Fennelly on Aug 15, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 16, 2011

I like the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of Strngth and Conditioning Research (NSCA). I also like research articles through ACSM. I refer often to Nancy Clark's books on eating and diet as well. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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How can we get adults to feel comfortable letting go and just "play" again?

9 Answers | Asked by Kelly Howe on Aug 16, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 16, 2011

One way that I accomplish this is by actually playing some fitness games as part of their training session. You absolutely RIGHT, most of the adult clients that I do this with just beam when it's "game time." They love it, AND they get a good workout. Doing this a few times, actually finds them a...

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