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Personal trainer Charles Jenkins works with 17-year-old Ian Fung at the YMCA in Reston, Va. Fung, of Great Falls, Va., weighed 290 pounds before he started training with Jenkins and is now down to 215. Hiring a trainer isn't cheap, but it can be an effective way to get kids to exercise. (Evy Mages/Washington Post)

Could a Personal Trainer Be Right for Your Kid?


You've bribed and threatened, cautioned and cajoled, and still your child wants nothing to do with physical activity. He just doesn't enjoy riding a bike, hitting a baseball or taking a swim. She wants nothing more than to text her friends and sit in front of the Xbox.

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