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Gretchen Eisenberg

Bethesda, MD 20814

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What are the different types of "life coaching"?

7 Answers | Asked by Angela Cordoni on Jun 13, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Mar 19, 2013

I am a life coach and find it to be a wonderful way to help people move forward toward various goals. There are so many types of coaching opportunities; personally, I recommend sticking with what you've had experience with. Professional and personal experience make an enormous difference.

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With so few people wanting to compete as bodybuilders why do so many people train like them?

24 Answers | Asked by Spencer Aiken on Aug 29, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Nov 20, 2011

Frankly, I believe that you will see more and more natural bodybuilders (yes, we do exist) doing functional exercise right alongside their "bodybuilding" routines. Personally, most people who contact me for personal training are 55+ yrs old and need functional exercise training. Then there are tho...

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Do you allow people to workout on your fitness equipment and with your free weights with the "barefoot/five finger" shoes?

18 Answers | Asked by Kelly Serfas Bower on Jul 25, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Oct 30, 2011

I've heard the "weights being dropped on feet" concern before; frankly, I find it a silly one. I have slammed my hands into things with weights, but no one is recommending I shield my hands and fingers from the possibility of hurting them (more likely to hurt hands and wrists than feet). If I were t...

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Is it OK for an Employee Wellness Program to use donated equipment vs newly purchased equipment?

13 Answers | Asked by Linda Fester on May 11, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Oct 30, 2011

Sure! I would make sure that equipment is serviced and inspected by a professional first.

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If you could choose one piece of equipment to never use again what would it be?

18 Answers | Asked by Shawn Strickland on Jun 25, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Oct 30, 2011

Creativity is key. I don't throw out the baby with the bath-water because some machines people hate or don't think are safe for anyone frankly can be safe and effective IF DONE PROPERLY. Example...the leg extension machines with the foot too far behind the knees--dangerous...change the range of mo...

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As an in-home personal trainer, what is your favorite piece of equipment to use with clients?

36 Answers | Asked by Jocelyn Martin on Oct 27, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Oct 30, 2011

I LOVE the Lebert Buddy System as well as the Equalizer (both by the same company). It is versatile, easy to carry, and fun to be creative with. I do a 'basement bootcamp' for a few clients using these tools and the feedback has been incredible! Manual Resistance...As long as you are skilled, it ...

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Should the Food and Drug Administration Start Regulating Supplements?

9 Answers | Asked by Marlan Eller on Sep 09, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Sep 10, 2011

It seems a bit insulting to the consumer for the government to assume the responsibility of regulating our nutritional intake. I encourage my clients to do their homework, consult experts in nutrition, abd then make responsible choices. The government has no business getting into nutritional supple...

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Should the Food and Drug Administration Start Regulating Supplements?

9 Answers | Asked by Marlan Eller on Sep 09, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Sep 09, 2011

My concern regarding this is great. As a natural competitor in the sport of bodybuilding, I rely heavily on supplements like Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Glucosamine, Whey, CLA, etc. I also take Melatonin to aid in sleep, Psyllium Husk for fiber, etc... It makes me uncomfortable to think of a government e...

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What personal trainer certification is the best for someone who is an exercise enuthsiast?

8 Answers | Asked by Jenny Gabriel on Aug 17, 2011

Answered by Gretchen Eisenberg on Aug 17, 2011

Personally, I'm NSPA Certified but am going to be NASM certified within months. The NCCA accreditation is important, not just to you and your future clients but also to many who are hiring personal trainers.

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