LaRue Cook

Alexandria, VA 22315

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Do you allow your clients to "pay as they come" or pay in advance for a set number of sessions, regardless if they show or not?

17 Answers | Asked by Sharon Johnson-May on Aug 03, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 03, 2011

Hi Sharon. I'm not a group fitness trainer but I do train athletic teams, small group of athletes and regular fitness clients, and pairs. I think that there are definitely benefits to both the me as the trainer and to my clients by having them pay for a specific number of sessions upfront. A steady...

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Is it true you will just expel all the nutrients from a multivitamin? If so why even take them?

9 Answers | Asked by Gus Aguirre on Aug 02, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 02, 2011

I agree with Karin that you can and should get most of what you need vitamin-wise from your daily food intake. I'm not sure what "difference" you were expecting to see by taking the vitamins you speak of - what were you looking for? Also, I have never heard that you expel all of the nutrients that...

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Will I lose body fat more efficiently by performing my aerobic workouts at a low, rather than a high, intensity?

18 Answers | Asked by Brenda Fox on Aug 02, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 02, 2011

You will "burn" body fat (i.e. use body fat as a fuel source) at ALL levels of exercise (low or high intensity). What varies is the RATIO of the total calories used or burned during an exercise bout. So, for example (this is strictly hypothetical and not intended to be accurate) let's say you burn ...

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What questions should I ask during a personal trainer interview?

36 Answers | Asked by Kristen LeBrun on Aug 02, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 02, 2011

Hi Kristen. A lot will depend on the position that you're interviewing for (e.g. a new or experienced trainer). Without my knowing that, how about: What is the club's philosophy on personal training? What characteristics are they looking for in their trainers? Do they provide opportunities fo...

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What should you look for when hiring a nutritionist?

7 Answers | Asked by Laura Myers on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 02, 2011

Being licensed or registered in their field, and having successful experience with clients with a similar need (goals) that you have. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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Have You Ever Set And Achieved A Career Goal That You Thought Was Out Of Reach?

11 Answers | Asked by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 02, 2011

Hi Sandy. Yes, actually two! First I have always enjoyed research and writing. When I first entered this field, it was with a long-term goal of someday writing and getting published. Initially it was very tough as it was a "chicken and egg" situation. Publishers did not want to even look at your...

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Do You Ever Give Your Clients Gifts Or Birthday Cards?

17 Answers | Asked by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 01, 2011

Yes, yes, yes! I give cards for birthdays, graduations etc. I attend my athletes games. I go to my clients special events on their invitation, and I host client dinner parties. I know that others may disagree and that's fine. I think YOU have to do what YOU feel comfortable with. I view my long...

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How do you help clients to be “whole people” rather than simply physical beings?

12 Answers | Asked by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 01, 2011

This is a GREAT question Sandy! Human beings are interesting and complex :-) I say this tongue-in-cheek because one thing that I seem to consistently see in the clients I work with is how, after working together for some time, no matter what original fitness goal they may have come in with, the cl...

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How do you encourage your clients to give you referrals?

17 Answers | Asked by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 01, 2011

Simply ask them! A satisfied client who has personally benefited and witnessed the value of my service will gladly refer others to me if I simply ask them. It's amazing how many clients simply believe that you are too busy to take on new clients and so don't even think about referring unless and u...

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Do you proactively reach out to certain populations who might be resistant to exercise? What do you do?

17 Answers | Asked by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Aug 01, 2011

I ABSOLUTELY "reach out" to populations that may be reluctant to exercise initially. Note that I didn't say that I TRAIN those who are reluctant. I think that "reaching out" is different from "training." To my mind, reaching out is trying to educate, motivate through providing relevant and accura...

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