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LaRue Cook

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What are some new pieces of equipment to add to my in-home business?

9 Answers | Asked by Christine Hales on Nov 12, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 15, 2014

Bands, bands, bands (and of course their attachments and accessories). These are wonderfully mobile and diverse pieces of exercise equipment limited only by your imagination in terms of their use! LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com

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What are average salaries for a personal trainer?

5 Answers | Asked by Allison Crisp on Nov 16, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 15, 2014

Hi Allison. I agree with what the others have said here, but would like to add that 'averages' can be misleading. What I mean by this is that as Matthew has correctly pointed out, there are trainers out there making a heck of a lot more than what's being quoted here (e.g. $18/hour - I've never see...

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I would like to become certified through one of the accredited organizations, either NSCA or NCCPT.Is one better than the other

4 Answers | Asked by Noreen Hensel on Dec 15, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 15, 2014

Hi Noreen. As between the two that you mentioned, I'm partial to NSCA simply because I'm more familiar with their CSCS certification which I consider 'top drawer!' Good luck with your decision because as you say, there are many different certifications out there and it can be confusing! In my o...

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How do I price a weekly corporate class?

3 Answers | Asked by Amelia Baures on Nov 18, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 15, 2014

Hi Amelia. Here's my single piece of advice. Give a single price for your time/class and then let the occupancy of the class determine how much each person pays. This helps eliminate issues such as making less from class-to-class as the participation fluctuates. Here's what I mean: Let's say I ...

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What are you doing to get more clients this season?

2 Answers | Asked by Justin Williams on Nov 25, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 15, 2014

I've been in private practice for over 20-years, and I think that marketing to get new clients takes a multi-faceted approach. I use my website, my blog, a newsletter, business cards, word of mouth, phone calls, videos, I write for several publications etc. Not everyone needs or wants to do all of...

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I have an assessment event interview for a personal trainer position - any tips?

3 Answers | Asked by Anna Atkins on Nov 30, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 15, 2014

Hi Anna. This may be coming too late to help you at this point, but in case it isn't, and in case others may find themselves in the same or similar position, I still want to answer. I have had to do this before both in-person and over the telephone. The best single advice I can give is to kee...

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Does this site help you get clients and improve as a trainer?

8 Answers | Asked by Rebecca Swinson on Nov 21, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 14, 2014

Hi Rebecca. Sorry to be joining this conversation 'late,' but as they say "better late than never!" :-) To answer your question, I'd say a big "yes!" So long as you intend to be fully engaged in the process (e.g. add your profile, keep it up-to-date, add some content as you feel comfortable, and r...

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Cardio with bad knees

10 Answers | Asked by Kerry Eve on Nov 27, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 14, 2014

Hi Kerry. A lot depends upon what issue is causing your client's 'bad knees.' I totally agree that first steps would be to have the client seek medical advice and evaluation. I often will use either a stationary bike, rowing machine, or hand/arm cycle/bike for clients with knee problems or pain. ...

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I need a simple subcontrator form for our studio. Any suggestions? Thank you

2 Answers | Asked by Lauri McNally on Dec 04, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 14, 2014

Hello Lauri. You can certainly find templates both online and from other sources, but I would caution that because this is a legal document, that whatever you decide to use that you have your OWN attorney at least review it before using it. If you attempt to draft your own agreement first and then...

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Using Calipers for obese clientele

7 Answers | Asked by Sandra Oliver on Dec 11, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Dec 14, 2014

Hi Sandra. I agree with Paul in that when I'm faced with this situation, I go with the hand-held bio-impedance device. Easy to use, less intrusive and is fairly accurate for baseline purposes. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com

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