Tricia SchaferTricia Schafer, JD, is both an attorney and a certified personal fitness trainer. As the manager of Starting Now Fitness in Phoenix, Arizona, Tricia helps clients meet their fitness goals. As an attorney at Falbe Law PLLC, she counsels clients on reducing liability exposure and represents them in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
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I started my personal training business in 2003. With 9 years of law practice under my belt at the time, I capably prepared all my contracts, waivers, health history questionnaires and related documents. Bulletproof? Of course. Overkill? Probably. But since most of my clients are lawyers and judges, none of them balked. For years, I simply emailed the forms to prospective clients, who completed them prior to their first session.Read More
While it’s tempting to use lawyers only when problems arise, it’s often wiser to proactively establish a relationship with a lawyer who can assist you with preventive measures. You may call your lawyer only once or twice a year, perhaps to get a legal perspective on an issue, but this is time and money well spent if it helps you avoid costly litigation.Read More
As both a lawyer and a personal fitness trainer and manager, I have found that laws and regulations often seem incongruous with an industry built on endorphins. I suspect that’s why the topic “Legal Issues” tends to be the concluding chapter of certification textbooks—almost an afterthought. Aspiring fitness professionals get excited about VO2max studies, body fat testing and target heart rates, and it’s easy for them to assume that when a problem arises, someone else will take care of it.Read More