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What do I need to do to help overweight children/families???- I am a Registered Nurse

by Laurie
(Louisiana)

I am a Registered Nurse for 18 1/2 years. I am 39 years old. I have a Bachelor Of Science in Nursing. I am a Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Inpatient OB Nurse, ACLS certified, NALS certified, PALS certified, have CPR/AED preparation, & have also worked the ER, Med/Surg, & Nursery besides Labor & Delivery over the years. I am interested in working with overweight children &/or their families in the near future. The schools don't do enough & the children/families have major issues with nutrition- obviously. I was overweight as a child & my daughter became obese as a child. We are both in excellent shape now & both lost our weight with a lot of work, determination, & healthier nutrition habits around the 8th grade. I attempted teaching my own child all the right ways of nutrition/activity, but I met a lot of roadblocks with other people in my child's life (school, grandparents, stepparents, etc.). I am so proud of my daughter's transformation & happy/healthful outlook on life after she made the conscious effort to put all the building blocks I taught her into motion. It was soooo uplifting to see the transformation, happiness, & goals met in my child's life. After going through all of this myself and seeing the difference lifestyle changes make, I want to help other children/families/schools/gyms. It would be nice to work part-time as a nurse and part-time with the health industry. I am a morning person & also understand the need for after school/after work programs. I would like to work in conjunction with a gym & schools. I truely believe that I have a passion for this. I know how bad the peer pressure is & the risk for eating disorders. I want to help this obviously growing problem. It seems the community will need someone like me to help this epidemic for a long time.

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What niche of personal training should I consider going in to?

by Matt Davis
(Indianapolis, IN)

Hi my name is matthew and I am a 17 year old high school junior. I am an athlete and I love exercising and keeping myself in shape! I'm a swimmer and play soccer, and am finally coming out of my shell to become a quite social person.

I have wanted to become a personal trainer for some time now, but I don't know where to turn to. I would like to find a personal trainer who I could ask for information when I have questions! That would be really helpful!

On to my question, when I was in eighth grade, I was able to help my obese friend in the same grade lose a total of 50 pounds. To this day, he still thanks me, and I feel so, so good to have known I made a difference in someone's life! I would love to do this for a living! Which niche is likely to be popular around 5-9 years from now?

Please I would so very much like to have advice on this!

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Youth Training Niche
by: LA in CO

Hi Mathew,

It sounds like you really have some passion for the fitness industry at such a young age, good for you!

Your age can work for you and against you. I'm not sure there's too many "adults" that would gravitate your way, since those potential clients would more than likely be considerably older than yourself. However, your sports background and age does lend itself to a rapidly growing (and profitable) niche in Youth Training (ages 6-18).

I envy your age with so many years ahead to grow and prosper in the fitness industy. I've only been involved professionally in fitness the past few years (I'm 48), my passion for what I do has made quite successful in a short period of time. My only regret is that I didn't start sooner...

Best of luck and remember, passion for what you do, will get you everywhere in life!

Cheers,
L.A.

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Program Design for Kids

by Christopher
(Puerto Rico)


Hi. I am from Puerto Rico and I just got certified through ACTION Certification. I applied for a job at a rehab center for young kids ranging from 13-17 years old. I got the news today that I had been selected to be the trainer.

I really need help designing programs for these kids. These kids have self esteem issues, anger issues and suffer from depression and other illnesses. Since I don't have any type of group training experience nor special population like this one I really need some help. Maybe some tips, type of exercises I can make them do, etc...

I really want them to feel accomplished. To like what they do and have fun doing it. Make them work together and also feel empowered.

Thanks!

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Fitness Programs for Children
by: Deana

With children, always emphasize fun. Don't worry about equipment. Build their knowledge of movement patterns through fun movements such as bear crawls, crab walks, jumping jacks, wall push ups, body weight squats, body weight lunges, and alternating leg lifts. You could set up stations and have the children alternate stations for each exercise or have them do each exercise as a group. Circuit sessions of about 8 exercises per session will help build endurance. Games such as freeze tag build aerobic endurance, speed, and agility. Build the number of sets and repetitions slowly.

For you own knowledge, check into CECs on children's fitness through your certifying agency. I believe AFPA, American Fitness Professionals and Associates, has a children's fitness CEC.

Good Luck!

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A tip or two.... for a new trainer:
by: David Holguin, CPT, PTT

When designing a training plan, think outside of the box. What are all the other trainers doing in your town? Find out, and do something different! For example: if all the other trainers prescribe plain old fashioned push ups, situps, and squats, then you should prescribe walking pushups, physio ball core routines, and grueling plyometrics sessions! Lets face it, there are a hell of alot of trainers out there, so the only way to be truley good at what you do is to deversify your programs, and dont be afraid to take a new and updated approach in the way you train your clients.

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