What is a personal trainer

WHAT IS A PERSONAL TRAINER & WHAT CAN THEY DO FOR ME

From time to time, everyone gets the urge to tone up, lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle and if you’ve been going to the gym and it doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, it can be disappointing.

So what’s holding you back?

Do you enjoy your workout programme? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the options? Did you miss a session last week because you were frustrated or discouraged?

The truth is, if you don’t enjoy, or  even like what you are doing and the thought of it fills you with dread, you won’t have the motivation to work out in a way that will give you the results that you want.

If you are serious about getting in shape and found any of the statements above then now is a really good time to think about looking for a personal trainer.

WHAT IS A PERSONAL TRAINER?

A personal trainer is a person that has been officially educated and certified in the ways of health, anatomy, and motivational strategies based on individual personalities and circumstances. Their job is to provide a custom-made plan of attack by clearly identifying what you need to do to reach your goals, developing a training program that you really enjoy, demystifying the world of health food and supplements, and continuously encouraging you along the way. Here are the answers to a few basic questions about how they operate and what you can expect.

WHERE CAN I WORK OUT WITH THEM?

A good trainer will offer a variety of workout options to cater to a wide client base. Online training sessions using video chat programs like Skype are now being offered by some progressive trainers in addition to in-home sessions, outdoor bootcamps, and classic gym one-on-ones. No matter where you are, you can find a trainer that will work with you in your chosen environment towards your personal health goals. Doing a quick internet search should yield you numerous results, and a wide variety of choice.

HOW DO THEY DECIDE WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU?

The personal training profession is exactly what it says it is – completely personal. It caters to your specific needs and wants. During your first session with any personal trainer, they’ll do a quick fitness evaluation to assess your cardiovascular system, percentage body fat, muscular strength and endurance. This is so they can draw up a suitable plan for you – one that isn’t going to be discouraging or ask you to meet unrealistic targets. They’ll also want to fully understand your goals, likes, dislikes, and what you’re really after, so don’t be afraid to talk about it. Whether you want to lose a few pounds, get toned in time for the summer, or have underlying injuries or specific muscle groups they want to target with strength training, making this clear to your prospective trainer is one of your most important tasks. You won’t get what you don’t ask for.

WHAT KIND OF PLANS DO THEY MAKE?

When you meet with a personal trainer for the first time they will carry out a consultation. The consultation will talk about your goals, your current fitness levels and anything else that is relevant. Taking your fitness levels and goals into consideration, your personal trainer will then create a unique programme that will get you the results you want and more importantly, you will enjoy!

No two people are the same so it stands to reason that your training plan would be different to someone else’s. 

Your personalised training programme will include some cardio vascular training, some weight training and body resistance exercises, along with warm up, cool down and stretches and it should be easy to understand.

The right personal trainer will not only work with you during your training programme but should also give you some guidance so that you can complete workouts on your own.

You should look for a personal trainer that is focused on developing training sessions that keep you interested and also work with the equipment or gym membership that you already have. I wrote an article on finding the right personal trainer for you that you should definitely check out if you want to know more.

HOW DO SESSIONS WORK?

When you start your sessions, your personal trainer should be completely focused on you. Each session should be slightly different and should introduce variation to help you progress and stop you getting bored. 

Your personal trainer will be there to keeep you motivated, help you avoid injury and guide you on every exercise so that you can learn the correct techniques and understand what each exercise can do for your body.

This means, no more wandering around the gym aimlessly trying to figure out what to do next. No more wondering if what you’re doing is right or if you are going to hurt tomorrow. Instead, you can focus on getting results.

WHAT IF YOU NEED MORE THAN SOMEONE TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO?

A lot of people think that having a personal training is having someone shouting at you all the time but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Yes, a personal trainer is there to help you push yourself BUT we also want to keep you safe and get you the results you want to see. That isn’t going to happen if you hate every second of your training because you’re getting yelled at.

That’s why a great personal trainer will be your biggest cheerleader. They will keep you motivated, will be able to answer any fitness related questions you have and help you with nutritional advice.

A trainer’s job is keep you on track, encourage and educate you and help you set goals so that you can measure your progress.

If you struggle with your diet, they can suggest healthy, nutritional and realistic alternatives or help you set small goals that will have a huge impact on your body.

Whether you opt for an at-home personal trainer, an online trainer or a fitness coach who meets you in your local gym, they will deliver a lot more than a loud voice or a novel exercise routine.

HOW DO YOU FIND A GOOD PERSONAL TRAINER IN YOUR LOCAL AREA OR ONLINE?

If you are looking for a personal trainer, the internet can be your best friend. Use Google to search for options and then scan their websites for qualifications and get a feel for their coaching style.

Once you are happy with their general compatibility, arrange to meet them for a quick chat or consultation to see if they would suit your needs. Most importantly, make sure that you get along.

It might seem obvious but you will be spending a lot of time with your trainer so you need to feel happy and confident that you are in capable hands.

Talk about your biggest goals and find out what their approach would be. If you like them and they are enthusiastic about all the ways that they can help you then you may have just found the right personal trainer for you.

At this point, you should probably think about booking a starter session and take it from there.

If you are interested in booking a consultation with TBBE Fitness, click here to find out more…

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