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Old 06-15-2005, 04:04 PM   #1
Chuck Pelowski
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Does this seem like a good deal?

I didn't get a chance to talk to any of the trainers, but the girl at the desk assured me that Chris and Bobby have been Oly lifting "for years." There is a short blurb about each of them at the bottom of the page I linked to. Is this something I should look into? What should I keep in mind when evaluating a personal trainer?
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Old 06-15-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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I'd look for some sort of qualifications in OLY lifting. The girl on the front desk may not know anything about OLY lifting and may think its powerlifting etc.

From the blurbs on the website neither of them seems to actually have completed their courses. This doesn't mean that they aren't good trainers but it sounds like they are fairly inexperienced.

I wouldn't write these guys off but i'd be doing some more research to make sure you're comfortable with their experience.

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Old 06-15-2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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make sure your trainer is at least a level 1 club coach certified by a usa weightlifting coach.
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Old 06-16-2005, 07:22 PM   #4
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When looking for an O-lifting coach, quotes like these are usually red flags:

Chris Decker: "I strongly believe in the words of Mike Mentzer"

Bobby Warren, "I am a sophomore...During High School I played several sports, powerlifting, football, and track and field. I was Captain of the powerlifting team...College I have helped re-establish the Texas Tech Powerlifting Team"

Usually guys who spout the Mike Mentzer party line think that O-lifting is crazier than drinking your own urine. (No joke.)

Sounds like the second guy is a young power lifter through and through and has not had time to delve into O-lifting.

You might try contacting
Mark Rippetoe
3118 Buchanan Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

to see if he knows anyone in the Lubbock area.

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Old 06-16-2005, 08:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input, everyone.
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