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Contributing factors to client success
By: Dave Peters owner of

A unique combination of education in the field of physical fitness, many years of experience, meticulous attention to detail, genuine caring and interest in the client, a constant thirst for upgrading health and fitness related education, knowing the limits of professional expertise, the development of client/trainer trust and rapport and being a firm but diplomatic motivator all have a positive effect on client success.

The various certifications through the ISSA (completed and in progress) and the outstanding support received through the ISSA have also played a major role in maintaining client satisfaction and achievement of their individual goals.

In addition to the normal procedures of completing a comprehensive Lifestyle/Medical Questionnaire prior to their participation in the fitness assessment or training program, all potential clients not suitable for beginning a plan of increased physical activity are asked to seek the advise and approval of their physician. Standardization, accuracy and validity of assessments begin with strict pre-assessment protocols and are closely adhered to during the assessment. The baseline data obtained from the assessment and the clientís goals determine the training options meticulously designed for the individualís training program. Specificity of training to meet the needs of each client equates to satisfaction of their goals and development of long-range lifestyle changes for improved quality of life.

It is important to keep the best interest of the client top priority at all times; even at the cost of lost revenue, thereby earning the clientís trust with genuine interest and caring.

Maintaining a constant awareness of each clientís mental and physical state before, during and after each workout session assures optimum levels of progression and reduces the risk of over-training. Trainer availability for questions and concerns on a continual basis beyond the appointed training sessions enhances confidence in the trainerís expertise and dependability.

Every potential client brings a myriad of variables to consider when customizing their program and the following considerations should be the backbone of professional personal training at the top level:

- Client/trainer trust and rapport
- Constant updating in health and fitness trends
- Genuine care and interest
- Make time away from training for client's questions and concerns
- People person with a sense of humor: make it fun!
- Know the limits of professional expertise and research answers when appropriate
- Optimize efficient use of time in each training session
- Strive for various ways to individualize and motivate each client

In conclusion, client success depends on consistent and continued progression that can only be achieved by professional trainers who take the time to prescribe specific training for them like they were the ONLY clients requiring their services. Since reality dictates time constraints, the trainer who strives for the best they can do for each client will produce positive results every time.

Dave Peters ISSA C.P.T., C.S.S.

About the Author

Dave Peters is a Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults. In addition he has recently launched an "online" personal training service.

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape


Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.

Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:

Dave Snape

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