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A lesson to remember- liability

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The Litigation In April of this year, a jury in Erie County, New York returned a verdict in a case against a personal trainer for $1.4 million, which included $1million for future pain and suffering and $400,000 for past pain and suffering. However, since New York is a comparative negligence state where fault is balanced among the parties, the verdict was reduced to $980,000 due to the jury’s finding that the plaintiff was 30% at fault. The verdict may well represent one of the largest awards issued by a judge or jury related to the provision of service by a…

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Dave Parise’s Credentials

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I will teach you how to protect yourself. Liability, standard of care, negligence are the last words you want to hear as a fitness professional. When you start to use words like that…the claim / suit had already begun. Your employer will appreciate your awareness in regards to keeping it safe. Hence the reason for the way I train, and you should choose the same. As an expert witness you will look better by instructing, recommending, the correct moves. Expert Witness Fitness CREDENTIALS

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Employee Handbook

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This was one of my Employee handbooks. As a business professional, or Professional Trainer these are the guidelines that you may be asked to follow.   Professional Trainers (Since 1986) Policies & Procedures Let’s Begin:   Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 6:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturdays 7:00 am – 1:00 Full Time Status: A Consistent of 30 hours or more per week Part Time Status Less than 30 hours per week Pay Period Paychecks are distributed bi weekly based upon the number of sessions worked. Paychecks record Monday – Saturday and are delivered on Wednesdays or Thursdays.  Your check date is…

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My Clients Drink Too Much Water

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Good luck with that statement! You have to be like a dentist, and pull teeth to get them to drink! However here’s some facts if you ever run into this hydration concern.  There is a lot of controversy regarding drinking too much water. Hyponatremia, also called water intoxication, is generally the result of drinking excessive amounts of plain water which causes a low concentration of sodium in the blood. Once a rare occurrence at sporting events, it is becoming more prevalent as participation increases and more novice exercisers are entering endurance events. Prolonged and excessive sweating increases the risk that…

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Nutrition Program Client Questionnaire

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  Nutrition Program Client Questionnaire   Dear Client:   Thank you for choosing_______ program.  We will assist in your eating habits and nutritional intake.  For us to get started, please complete each section and answer all questions accurately.  All information will remain confidential and will not be copied, e-mailed, faxed, or distributed in any way without the written consent of the YOU the client. Name: __________________________________________________________   Address: ______________________________________________   City:  ___________________       State: _______ Zip:  __________ Phone:  Home – __________________ Business: ­________________________ Best way to connect_________________  Personal Information Gender:  Male ___ Female ___        Height:  ___ft. ____in      Weight:…

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The best certifications for trainers

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Did you know that in most states you can’t cut a person’s hair or paint their nails without first accruing a set number of hours of experience AND passing a state board exam? And yet when it comes to personal training NO such regulation exists! But does this fact matter? Do you actually care if your trainer is certified? Or is real life gym experience good enough for you? My opinion on this matter may surprise you… I learned that wannabe trainers there have to undergo serious schooling and score at least an 85 or better on a set exam…

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Certificate vs. Certification

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Did you know that a certification is an objective third party activity? It cannot be associated with the learning part of a program. This raises a few questions doesn’t it? The hands on learning, or video based learning is an objective to teach someone something in a specific area. If an organization is providing training for the purpose to learn exactly what to do with a client, they are not objective anymore they are biased. For that reason I have a certificate training program that’s an accredited education program that has a particular assessment. The assessment is either throughout the…

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Our Mission Statement FPTA

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Our Mission Statement   Our main objective is to create a comprehensive curriculum for the fitness industry. We are dedicated to teach our students with the understanding that culture, and background is a strength to be respected. We are committed to assure learning experiences that will assist our students to achieve their greatest potential.  Dave Parise CPT FPTA  

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Would you trust a friend to show you an exercise

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What if that exercise was learned by your friend watching a youtube video? What if your trainer took an online open book test and became certified? Would you then have more trust in their recommendations? Did you ever think you may not be prepared to perform that exercise? Hence WOW that’s hard! and it just didn’t feel right. Did you ever think about all the modalities or choices when it comes to exercise. We have weightlifting, strength training, bodybuilding which all have different applications. We have stretching, Yoga, and Pilates that are entirely different from the first three mentioned here….

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Once upon a time in fitness

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This is a long one my friends…Sit back and relax. I personally don’t agree with the word expert. I believe there is no expert in anything. As a qualified personal trainer with over 30 years’ experience, I am still learning and scratching the surface. Mastery what is it? We can be on the road to Mastery, there’s different approaches to Mastery and proficiency. I can say that I have been educating myself with the science of exercise for over 29 years. When we talk about bio-mechanics and its place in exercise we talk about the relationship between physics and anatomy….

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