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Kyle Rutley uses iPad 3 to monitor, plan client's workout and progress

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Kyle Rutley, a personal trainer at Coeur d'Alene Athletic Club, gives instruction for an exercise to Derek Sandin during a workout Thursday.

COEUR d'ALENE - During Derek Sandin's 35-minute workout, Kyle Rutley watches - and types.

He turns every so often to the iPad 3, in his hands, recording what and how Sandin is doing, and checking to see what's next.

"Technology makes it easier to train people. It's more professional, easier to use," Rutley says as he monitors his client's progress. "I have the workout lined out for him."

The 23-year-old Rutley is a certified personal trainer at Coeur d'Alene Athletic Club.

Also a swim coach, the Coeur d'Alene man believes in using each second of each minute of each workout.

"Basically, we put an hour and a half workout in 30 minutes," Rutley says.

He guides Sandin from easy running on the treadmill to the weights upstairs, where along with some strength training, Sandin goes through a series of step ups, burpies and butterflies, before final stretching to warm down.

"Good job, good job," Rutley says as Sandin completes another set of exercises.

"Come up nice and slow, all the way up," he says while watching Sandin lift dumbbells during chest butterflies.

All the while, the iPad 3 complete with keyboard, is never far from Rutley's hands. He places it down to show Sandin the next maneuver, then picks it up again, touching the screening, flicking to another page, glancing at it, then moving on. Typing on that keyboard.

"Good job, Derek, keep going," he says.

He tracks the workout and later will review it, make notes, then email it to the client.

That gives folks like Sandin an idea of what they're doing, the kind of effort they're giving, and ultimately, whether they're seeing any results.

Even diet is analyzed.

"I want them to have an understanding of their workout," Rutley said.

Rutley has been a personal trainer about a year. He carries 198 pounds over a toned and solid 6-4 frame, which has seen him through some 20 triathlons.

He still trains about four days a week and can knock out a mile in around 22 minutes without great effort. But becoming a personal trainer instead of a strict focus on swimming, he said, opened up his repertoire.

"Not everyone is chlorine friendly," he said.

"It's a passion of mine to see others reach their fitness goals," Rutley said.

It's working.

"He's working me," Sandin said during his Thursday workout. "He's doing a great job."

Rutley figures it's his role to not just help people train, but to help them train smarter.

That includes time management. Get in, get to work, get it done, get out.

"A lot of people are busy with life. Why not jam pack the workout. Maximize it. That's what I do for my clients," he said.

Following a consultation to learn fitness level and goals (which he's offering free in January), Rutley goes to work with that iPad 3. Each workout, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes and generally twice a week, is tailored to the person.

It's what he calls an on ramp, speed up, slow down, off-ramp routine.

Generally, he starts with some cardio, increase heart rate up, then pick up the pace - push, lift weights, burpies, step ups, do it again - then relax.

"You use that as a strategy for your body. Start moving, keep going to each one."

But he doesn't speed through the sessions.

Each movement and motion, each lift of a 30-pound dumbbell, is careful, slow, deliberate.

"Most people want to go fast. We're so inclined to want to rush life in general," he said. "You get more out of your workout if you go slower."

It's a combination that aims at developing core strength.

"A lot of people don't have the core muscles in order to body build, really, just to do the essential things that they need to do," he said.

As a standout swimmer and triathlete, Rutley understands well what it takes to succeed, how much to push, how often to rest, when to back off and when to demand and give more.

A Christian, he has a degree in biblical studies, too. The Bible is filled with stories of people who persevered, who kept their faith, against the odds.

"That really has been a driving force in my life," he said.

Inspiration, too, came from watching other trainers work with clients, realizing the impact a trainer can have on someone's life.

The best way to motivate someone, he says, is get to know them. Learn their strengths, their weaknesses, their goals. Push, encourage. Take them to new levels of fitness, physically, mentally.

It doesn't take long to get them on that road.

"One session and they catch the fever, is what I find," Rutley says.

But he is not offering any shortcuts to success. No amazing devices that promise six-pack abs and toned pecs and bulging biceps.

It's about assessment, planning and progress. Oh, and a packed 30-minute workout, too.

And it's all there on that iPad 3 in Kyle Rutley's hands.

"If you want to do well, you have to put in the hours to do it," he said. "It's definitely worth it."

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Kyle Rutley became one of three trainers at Coeur d'Alene Athletic Club when he was hired in September.

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