What is a Personal Trainer?
"A personal trainer is an individual certified to have a varying degree of knowledge of general fitness involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. Trainers also measure their client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments. These fitness assessments may also be performed before and after an exercise programme to measure their client's improvements in physical fitness. They may also educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines.
Qualified personal trainers recognise their own areas of expertise. If a trainer suspects that one of their clients has a medical condition that could prevent the client from safe participation in an exercise programme, they must refer the client to the proper health professional for prior clearance."
What do I get from Personal Training?
A personal trainer is the ultimate investment in your personal fitness an expert devoted (at least for an hour) to your needs and goals. But it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you commit.
Trying to decide if you’re ready? Here are some tips on what a personal trainer can do for you and what you need to look for elsewhere.
A personal trainer can… motivate you
Motivation is a key tool in a personal trainer’s arsenal and one of the main reasons many people keep going back.
A personal trainer can… target your goals
Losing 10 pounds or reducing belly fat are valid goals, for sure. But if you have other ideas in mind like perfecting your golf game or shaping the perfect tank-top shoulders a personal trainer can help you attain those, too.
A personal trainer can’t… provide instant results
If you really want to get fit, you have to put in the time, effort and commitment. "Changes don’t happen overnight. You have to trust the trainer and stick with the programme." That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see results, just that they’ll be gradual. "There’s no way you won’t see results unless the trainer isn’t doing what they’re supposed to."
A personal trainer can… create a tailored programme
This is where the "personal" part of their title comes from, after all. So make sure your trainer is working with your abilities, needs and goals rather than just giving you a one-size-fits-all program to follow.
Your trainer should also be tailoring your programme to your lifestyle, wherever possible.
A personal trainer can’t… replace your doctor, nutritionist or physiotherapist
It’s natural to ask your trainer for advice about your body’it’s an extension of what you already do with them. But don’t mistake their expertise on fitness for expertise on whole-body health‘no matter how well-read they are, they can’t replace a trained medical professional.
That being said, your trainer is a specialist in healthy living, and probably knows a lot of people in the business. So make use of them as a resource to find other health professionals you may need.
A personal trainer can… give you homework
Maybe you want to meet with your trainer three times a week and never work out alone. But if you’re too busy for that, or it doesn’t fit your budget, your personal trainer should be able to give you a programme to follow on non-training days.
A personal trainer can’t… do everything for you
Your trainer can show you what to do and how to do it, and encourage you to follow the routine, but they can’t be there all the time to hold your hand.
The key to success with a personal trainer? Know exactly what you want and use them to help you get there. "We can improve mind, body and spirit, and most clients are looking to feel better, look better and walk out of the gym happy."
If you think you would like to sign up with a Personal Trainer, please contact us to book in for a consultation.