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  • Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

    Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

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    Joe Collins is arrested on murder chargesJoe Collins is arrested on murder charges
    The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence.
    The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence.
  • Update: Names Released in Deadly Crash in McDowell County

    Update: Names Released in Deadly Crash in McDowell County

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:32:51 GMT
    Fatal Car Accident in McDowell CountyFatal Car Accident in McDowell County
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    Two people were killed in a car crash Sunday, August 31. Troopers at the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police said three people were traveling from Cheers in Princeton back home to Northfork when they crashed on Route 52 near Switchback. One man and one woman were killed and one man was sent to Bluefield Medical Center. Troopers told us in a statement made by the survivor, the man said the driver was drunk and driving too fast on wet roads when they lost control of the car.T...
  • UPDATE: Power Restored to Over 400 in Raleigh County

    UPDATE: Power Restored to Over 400 in Raleigh County

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:33:12 GMT
    Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning.
    Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning.
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  • Hydraulic fracturing could improve geothermal energy

    Hydraulic fracturing could improve geothermal energy

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:00:21 GMT
    A recent issue of The Economist had an article titled “Geothermal Energy, Hot Rocks, Why Geothermal Is the New Fracking.” The month before, a New York Times article titled, “Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help from Oil and Gas Drilling.”
    A recent issue of The Economist had an article titled “Geothermal Energy, Hot Rocks, Why Geothermal Is the New Fracking.” The month before, a New York Times article titled, “Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help from Oil and Gas Drilling.”
  • Changes to the oil, gas industry create benefits, concern

    Changes to the oil, gas industry create benefits, concern

    Sunday, August 31 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:00:17 GMT
    Robert N. Hart
    Robert N. Hart
  • Dislike of slimy, spicy, stringy foods doesn't make one picky

    Dislike of slimy, spicy, stringy foods doesn't make one picky

    Sunday, August 31 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-31 10:00:13 GMT
    I like to think of myself as a broad-minded person, open to new adventures, ready for anything that comes my way. This is especially true with food. I love to eat; I love to cook. So I was bowled over when a friend said to me, “You're a very picky eater.”
    I like to think of myself as a broad-minded person, open to new adventures, ready for anything that comes my way. This is especially true with food. I love to eat; I love to cook. So I was bowled over when a friend said to me, “You're a very picky eater.”

Cindy Boggs is an American Council on Exercise-certified fitness professional, corporate wellness presenter and author of the award winning book, CindySays… "You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World." Her web site is www.cindysays.com.

Whether you need a plumber, a party planner or a personal trainer, you know as well as I do that they aren't all created equal. Furthermore, they don't necessarily grow in their scope of knowledge throughout their careers. The fact is there are good ones but unfortunately, there are plenty of bad ones. Knowing how to identify and contract the best is a big part of the battle.

Over the years, I've realized that what sets trainers apart is the ability to truly make your experience a personal one. Exercise alone will never be enough to change your body without supporting it with great nutrition, hydration and rest. A trainer who understands this (and any worth their salt should) will constantly seek continuing education and practice what he or she preaches. These criteria, once you find a personal trainer, will ultimately determine whether you love 'em or leave 'em.

Have you left them?

Sorry about your experience — sadly the following scenario happens quite often. Lovers of physical activity casually decide they are a natural candidate to become a personal trainer. They expect to attend a weekend certification and simply start changing lives the following Monday morning with a treadmill and a few resistance machines. Yikes! If you've experienced that end of the personal trainer spectrum, I hope you have left them. Good trainers aren't always right around the corner, but they are within reach. 

Standards

Ask yourself: Would you hire a contractor who went through a weekend "build a house seminar" to build the house of your dreams? No, of course you wouldn't. You would search for one who had experience, references and bodies of work that you could view and scrutinize. Well, the same applies here. Look for the bodies of work a personal trainer has created. Ask your potential trainer questions such as the following and expect specific answers:

 

  • Who have you trained?
  • What is you specialty?
  • How do you approach personal training?
  • Do you integrate nutrition?
  • Can you help me reach my specific goals?
  • Do my goals align with my commitment and ability?
  • Good trainers never rest

 

They are always on the lookout for more … to invest more in themselves by attending great conferences and seminars that earn them continuing education credits. Great fitness professionals are required to accumulate at least 10 to 20 hours of CEUs each year in order to remain in good standing with the certifying agent.

Scan the wall

Guaranteed if you are meeting with your trainer in their office and their certificate is not hung proudly for all to see, it's a good chance they either are not certified at all or no longer keeping up with their certification requirements. Either way, it's a perfect reason to excuse yourself and keep looking. 

The skinny on good trainers

Keep in mind that there are decent trainers who are credentialed but lack the knowledge on how to counsel their clients to fuel great workouts. These are the trainers who spend all their time on training and no time on nutrition. Chances are your trainer isn't a registered dietician or nutritionist, so they should not be devising menu plans for you. This would be out of their scope of practice, which is a no-no! However, basic fitness nutrition can and should be discussed and, if so, can triple the effectiveness of one's training program. If your trainer isn't building a nutritional system around your goals, commitment and lifestyle, you will most likely fall short of your expectations.

Choose well

In all aspects surrounding health, including diet, training and lifestyle, I would like to emphasize one point: Choose well and you will live well.