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    Would you hire a PT that smokes?

    I wouldn't. How can I take motivation and health advice from someone who is addicted to one of the worst habits you can have? If the trainer can't keep himself healthy, why would I want to take his advice?

    One of the trainers in my gym is obviously a smoker. He comes into the gym stinking of cigarettes. Nothing like getting a strong whiff of that as I'm trying to squeeze out those last two shoulder presses.

    I'm not trying to start a debate on smoking vs lifting because it's been done to death here.

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    I would not.
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    hmm, i Know its not Graham, it isnt that guy with the shaved head is it?

    I am suprised Powerhouse would hire someone like that. ALthough they may not have known it at the time when hiring him. Also Paul is so amazingly anal about cleaning and having everything nice and neat I am suprised he would keep him on staff unless he is really great

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    Quote Originally Posted by X Ring
    hmm, i Know its not Graham, it isnt that guy with the shaved head is it?
    It's that older guy with the moustache...he had his arm in a sling for a while. I think he used to compete. He's there every morning.

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    i recently quit smoking (actually it's been 5 months, 2 weeks, 1 day, 12 hours and 58 minutes ...i have a little counter on my computer)

    i competed once before i started smoking. i still remember how totally shocked i was to see more than a few competitiors (both men and women) smoking at the show.

    personally if i were to hire a trainer it would be for his/her knowledge. if they knew their stuff i probably wouldn't care if they smoked. i could learn just as much from them whether they quit smoking or kept smoking.

    BUT if i owned a gym i wouldn't hire trainers who smoked b/c in my opinion it looks ridiculous and sends the wrong message
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    Hell no. Smokers should be shuttled off to Europe. Thankfully we are succeeding in running them out of California. I especially like to see them huddled into corners at the airport in those "special" smoking areas. They look like detainees in a drunk tank.

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    No way! I wouldnt trust my health to someone who didnt take care of his/hers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Var
    No way! I wouldnt trust my health to someone who didnt take care of his/hers.
    ditto.



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    I have been trying to quit smoking for a couple of months now; everytime I get stressed I blow it. Any suggestions on helping with this goal I have tried Nicorette, patch and cold turkey. When I start to want a cigarette I have tried running or biking but it seems after a work out I really want a cigarette. I smoke a pack every 3 days and can go days with out them so I am not a big time smoker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timt
    I have been trying to quit smoking for a couple of months now; everytime I get stressed I blow it. Any suggestions on helping with this goal I have tried Nicorette, patch and cold turkey. When I start to want a cigarette I have tried running or biking but it seems after a work out I really want a cigarette. I smoke a pack every 3 days and can go days with out them so I am not a big time smoker.
    My grandmother quit cold turkey after smoking for 25 years 2-3 packs a day. If she can do it you can.

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    My father had amazing results quitting with accupuncture therapy. Worth a try.
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    i quit cold turkey as well. the thing that helped me was that i had a sinus infection and felt too crappy to smoke. when i got better i didn't start smoking again.
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    If you want to be happy, practice compassion." -- 14th Dalai Lama

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    So I will work my way up to 2 packs a day, get a sinus infection and during that get accupuncture. The only reason I do smoke so little is because I have 2 jobs and then exercise taking most of my time. I am out right now and am giving it another go.
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    No way!

    It goes along with other life lessons:
    1. My trainer has to be in better shape than me
    2. A good cook has to be fatter than me.

    You do hire for their knowledge but applying that knowledge is also very important. I may be able to describe how to paint a car but unless I have done it all the little tricks still escape me.

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    I might, if he still knew what he was doing. It is unbeleivably hard to quit smoking. He may have started smoking early before he cared as much about his health, and now it is too late. I understand your point, but I don't care what he does as long as he can do his job. He can be obese, addicted to cigarettes, and lazy, as long as he knows how to train me properly.





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