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LaRue Cook

Alexandria, VA 22315

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What qualifications are required to give fitness advice online?

7 Answers | Asked by Cedric Smith on Feb 03, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Feb 03, 2014

Hi Cedric. Even though 'everyone is doing it' is a reason that others might use when 'joining the crowd' I would say that I would use a different saying "if you're going to do something, do it right." Get good, competent legal advice before starting this venture - that would be my best advice. It...

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Ideas for small group training

5 Answers | Asked by Brinda Desai on Feb 03, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Feb 03, 2014

Hi Brinda. Conduct circuits! This will keep everyone in the group moving (thus a a cardio component) while performing strength, conditioning and flexibility exercises. Pipe in some good upbeat music and you'll get, and keep, these folks moving. I hope that this helps. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfit...

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Need Advice! First client's quads cramped up after 6 lunges, almost ruined 1st session

9 Answers | Asked by Randi Baker on Jan 30, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 31, 2014

Hi Randi. I'm basing my comments strictly on what you describe since I know nothing about your client. To my mind you may have started her out a bit too aggressively. If your client is 50 year old overweight and under-trained, having her start with a 20-minute uphill treadmill walk was probably mo...

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How do you feel about before and after pics?

9 Answers | Asked by Yasir A. on Jan 30, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 31, 2014

I think that if used 'properly' they can be a good tool. In my opinion, whatever tool speaks to a particular person and gets them motivated to engage in HEALTHY exercise is potentially useful. Since so many in our society are focused on and motivated by the cosmetic aspects of fitness, 'before and...

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If my knee pronates when i do pistols squats. Which muscles r not functioning correctly?what conditioning must i do to avoid it?

3 Answers | Asked by Pablo Jose Borja on Jan 30, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 31, 2014

Hi Pablo. In addition to what Karin has mentioned, weak gluteus medius muscles CAN contribute to what you seem to be describing (knee valgus). Only a in-person evaluation/assessment can truly tell you what the issue is, so my comment here is merely a general statement of what 'could be.' If in fac...

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Print insurance verification

2 Answers | Asked by Leslie McKeller on Jan 29, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 30, 2014

Hi Leslie. Can you expand a bit on your question? Are you asking how to print YOUR insurance verification or certificate? If so, can you tell us who your insurer is so that we might help you? Thanks. LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com

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Is it wrong to turn down a person that is a member of the same gym, just have a gym membership. But they seek service from you.

7 Answers | Asked by Delmar Carey on Jan 29, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 29, 2014

Hi Delmar. You sound like a person wanting to 'do the right thing.' In this instance, the 'right thing' is not to try to train under the table. While some might get away with it, if something should happen, you could find yourself in a world if legal trouble, not to mention the damage to your reput...

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What certifications are top in fitness?

7 Answers | Asked by Sam Watkins on Jan 28, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 29, 2014

Hi Sam. I agree with the others in reference to 'best,' but you also ask about "well known" in your question. For that I'd definitely throw in AFAA, and ISSA which are both also 'well known.' LaRue, CSCS www.lecfitness.com

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I am beginning a free community workout in a local park. Do I need a liability form for participants even if the class is free?

7 Answers | Asked by Andrew Leonard on Jan 22, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 26, 2014

Hi Andrew. In my opinion, ABSOLUTELY you should have, and use a liability waiver. Potential liability extends to your training activity whether it's for free or you are charging for it. Even non-profit and charitable organizations use liability waivers for many of their public events. General r...

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If your child is sick and you need to cancel clients at the last minute, do you offer anything to make up for it?

6 Answers | Asked by Danielle Marquez on Jan 21, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 26, 2014

Hi Danielle. I have a 24-hour cancellation policy for my clients where if they do not cancel outside of 24 hours before their session, they may be charged for the missed session. Consequently, I think it's only fair if I offer them that same courtesy. So, if I need to cancel their session, for an...

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