Before You Jump—Considerations Prior to Opening Your Own Facility

by Robert Linkul, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
Personal Training Quarterly June 2017
Vol 4, Issue 3


Before taking any steps toward opening a facility, the personal trainer should review the following considerations to ensure they are making the right decision.

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Robert Linkul is the National Strength and Conditioning Associations (NSCA) 2012 Personal Trainer of the Year and is a volunteer with the NSCA as thei ...

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