Client-Centered Training—the Key to Delivering More Value and Better Results

by Joe Drake, NSCA-CPT,*D
Personal Training Quarterly January 2016
Vol 4, Issue 1


Framing of the personal trainer-client relationship sets the stage for future success, and it all starts with the personal trainer’s approach. Learn how to give clients the right information at the right time, and in a way that will resonate with them.

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This article originally appeared in Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ)—a quarterly publication for NSCA Members designed specifically for the personal trainer. Discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue. Read more articles from PTQ »



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Joe Drake is co-owner of Gravity + Oxygen Fitness, a successful group and personal training studio in Boca Raton, FL. Drake is also co-owner of the Ax ...

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