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LaRue Cook

Alexandria, VA 22315

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What is a good outdoor workout routine for a 12 year old girl?

4 Answers | Asked by Teheli Sealey on Jan 22, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 26, 2014

Hi Teheli. As a Certified Youth Conditioning Specialist, I have worked with dozens of kids over my career. Congrats on working with this 'special population' as it's not only a great opportunity to have some fun, but also, perhaps more importantly a chance to positively impact someone's life for a...

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Is anyone familiar with occluded blood flow training? I have read articles toting the benefits. What are the dangers?

5 Answers | Asked by Tammy Gunderson on Jan 20, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 26, 2014

Ugh! In my opinion, here are two. Possibly inducing a dangerously high blood pressure. Creating possible clotting in a person with clotting issues. I always consider risk v. reward in programming any exercise for my client. You may want to do extensive research into this methodology before usi...

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A new client suprised me by bringing a friend to her 2nd session wanting me to train them together.

8 Answers | Asked by Lori Pagnucco on Jan 22, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 26, 2014

Hi Lori. Good for you to be able to make a 'surprise change' to your workout plan. However, I would first make it clear to your client the proper way to 'schedule' a partner training (that is, with advance notice, and an agreement of the fee). While you were able to perform without a hitch, if yo...

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Is home study the best way to get certified as fitness professional? Are there other options?

3 Answers | Asked by shannon slattery on Jan 25, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 26, 2014

Hi Shannon. If you (or the person getting certified) has no hands-on gym training experience (training yourself and/or designing programs and training friends/family), then I would say 'no.' The one major missing piece with a strictly home study certification is the hands-on, in-the-gym experience...

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Working with overweight clients who have been eating low calorie diets for an extended period of time... thoughts?

10 Answers | Asked by Aimee Barnes on Jan 22, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 25, 2014

Hi Aimee. I agree with the others. Stressing how taking in too little calories will actually work against their goal of speeding up their metabolism is usually an eye-opener for most of my overweight clients. To couch things in a 'positive way,' I always remind my overweight clients that the redu...

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Having issues with members turning off fans during class. Aren't fans beneficial? members believe they lose more weight.

8 Answers | Asked by Colleen Ingraham on Jan 23, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 25, 2014

Hi Colleen. While your members are correct that they may lose more 'water weight' without fans or other cooling devices, they need to know that this 'loss' is very temporary since it returns once they rehydrate. But, aside from this fallacy, the truth is not overheating during their exercise is sim...

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What is the best way to find a Certified Trainer to hire as an Independant Contractor?

9 Answers | Asked by Sharon Bourke on Mar 25, 2013

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 25, 2014

Hi Sharon. As others have alluded to, I think that one of your best sources will be posting your job search directly on the websites of the certifying agencies/organizations. In addition to finding interested applicants, this also gives you a semblance of 'quality control' in that you can choose w...

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Do gym members have a preference for personal trainers hired as employees or independent contractors?

12 Answers | Asked by Lawrence with Gym Insight on Jan 26, 2013

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 25, 2014

Hi Lawrence. I just came across your posted question. Although it was asked quite a while ago, as 'they' say "better late than never!" To my mind, it really does not matter (nor really should it, so long as the members are choosing from qualified trainers) whether the trainer is employed by the...

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Where do you post job opportunity listings to hire independent personal trainers for your gym?

5 Answers | Asked by Jenny Crawshaw on Jan 24, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 25, 2014

Hi Jenny. Harris gives some great advice on this question! I would add that another great way to advertise would be directly on the Job Boards of the various certifying agencies/organizations (e.g. ACSM, ACE, NSCA...). Almost all of them offer a jobs listing on their sites. Good luck! LaRu...

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What's the easiest way to find fitness facilities that will allow independent trainers to rent space and train their clients?

8 Answers | Asked by Sean Arthur on Jan 19, 2014

Answered by LaRue Cook on Jan 19, 2014

Hi Sean. I agree with Karin. Going the route of the smaller, independently owned facilities will be your best bet. If you present this opportunity as a win-win to the facility owners they will be more apt to listen to your proposal. Offering a specialty training that they might not currently hav...

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