LaRue Cook

Alexandria, VA 22315

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What are some of the issues you have dealt with in training older adults?

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

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

Some of the specific fitness challenges are helping them deal with whatever chronic health issues the older client may be dealing with in their everyday life. I have worked with clients with a myriad of health issues/challenges including arthritis, knee replacements, back surgery, heart surgery, CO...

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What is the best ab exercise for asthetic results?

13 Answers | Asked by Magali Sparks on Jun 09, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

If you subscribe to the notion that we all have similar abdominal musculature underneath, and the real issue is how much body fat covers them, then I say that the best "exercise" for this goal is aerobic exercise. While I TOTALLY agree that diet is extremely important to this goal as well, I don't ...

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What Type Of Exercise Do You Use To Help Older Adults Prevent Falls?

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

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

Definitely strengthening of the legs and core, along with balance training. I start my clients' balance training with simple single-leg stork stands (timed) and then progress from there. Progressions may include single-leg stands with an added activity such as catching a ball or a paper towel. Wo...

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How many of you Personal Trainers out there can see yourself doing this job for the rest of your life?

36 Answers | Asked by Tina Carreras on Jun 16, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

As long as I have a passion for helping others this way (which I do NOT see ever losing), then I plan to continue to train! LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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Do you think that a personal trainer mast be more knowlegeble in rehab topics?

18 Answers | Asked by Dimitris Kandris on Jun 17, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

I think that having at least a basic knowledge of rehab topics and issues will definitely make you a bit more marketable to clinical practitioners such as physical therapists. It also puts you in a better position to offer a continuum of care for your client after they have returned to training fro...

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Heart Rate monitor vs. RPE/Talk Test for testing exertion?

13 Answers | Asked by Kimberly Hawkinson-Hellyar on Jul 07, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

Hi Kim. The talk test is a good tool to use for low-intensity exercise. However, if you plan to progress the client to a higher intensity aerobic exercise, you will probably need to resort to something else, such as the monitor. In my experience one problem with using the "talk test" is that ther...

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Any advice for a new certified personal trainer who is looking for a job?

10 Answers | Asked by Jerry Prince on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

I agree with previous posts. In my opinion, get as much practical experience as you possible can. This may mean volunteering at a local Active Adult Community, middle or high school, health fair or other venue to, for example give free fitness assessments. Or serve as a volunteer intern at a loca...

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Are you working with any military members to help them prepare for their fitness assessment?

9 Answers | Asked by Jude Forsyth on Jun 21, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

I have worked with Marine Corp personnel. One particular Jag Officer candidate came to me after finishing dead last in his previous testing. He made wonderful progress in our training, and passed with flying colors - he was thrilled, I was happy, and it was great advertising for my training busine...

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How do you show appreciation for your students/members/clients?

14 Answers | Asked by Elaine Tarantin O'Brien, MAPP on May 11, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

Hi Elaine. I periodically host a "client appreciation" dinner. A home-cooked meal, music, games and great conversation allows my clients to meet each other, bond, roast me :-), and feel as if they are part of something larger than themselves. My clients range in age from 6 - 85, athletes and non-...

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What strategies do you use to help your clients/students feel welcome and engaged?

11 Answers | Asked by Elaine Tarantin O'Brien, MAPP on May 11, 2011

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jul 07, 2011

Games! No matter what their age, my clients all enjoy challenging fitness games. It definitely grabs their attention, gets them immediately engaged, and quickly lose any inhibitions or hesitancy they may initially feel. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com lecfitness@yahoo.com

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