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How to Successfully Navigate a Client’s Initial Success Session and its Importance

by Douglas O. Sheppard, NSCA-CPT,*D
Personal Training Quarterly January 2016
Vol 4, Issue 1

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Rushing into administering a training program can greatly hinder long-term gains for the client. This article explains the key components of the client interview, or as it is commonly referred to, “success session.”

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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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Douglas Sheppard is the owner of J&D Fitness Personal Training Studio in Las Vegas, NV. He currently is a volunteer for the National Strength and Cond ...

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