Find­ing trainer for you

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - Stacey Al­dous

FOR most peo­ple, mak­ing the de­ci­sion to start an ex­er­cise pro­gram is daunt­ing.

Peo­ple worry about lots of fac­tors like whether they will be fit enough to keep up, if every­one will be look­ing at them and judg­ing them, if they will be able to ac­tu­ally do the ex­er­cises ... the list goes on and on.

Let’s take a look at the role of an ex­er­cise pro­fes­sional and how you can find some­one to fit your needs.

An ex­er­cise pro­fes­sional’s job is to: UN­DER­STAND why you want to make life­style changes and pro­gram ac­cord­ingly. WORK with you to en­sure your ex­er­cise pro­gram is safe and you are per­form­ing the move­ments with cor­rect tech­nique. ED­U­CATE you on why you are do­ing what you are do­ing. MON­I­TOR your progress and make changes to your pro­gram where nec­es­sary. MAKE you feel com­fort­able. MO­TI­VATE, en­cour­age and sup­port you and keep you ac­count­able to your goals. PUSH your lim­its when you think you just haven’t got any­thing else to give. What ex­pe­ri­ence do they have and how long have they been in the in­dus­try for? CAN they pro­vide you with any tes­ti­mo­ni­als from other peo­ple they have worked with? HOW do they re­main cur­rent in a con­stantly chang­ing in­dus­try? Have they done any re­cent pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment?

When you have cho­sen a trainer and you get started: DID they ask you to com­plete a pre-ex­er­cise ques­tion­naire be­fore you started? DID they come to the ses­sions pre­pared with a train­ing plan? DID you get a good en­ergy from them? DID they pro­vide ex­er­cise op­tions to suit your skill and abil­ity level? MOST im­por­tantly, did they mo­ti­vate you to want to be bet­ter and did they bring out the best in you?

Be­ware of du­bi­ous operators!

An ex­er­cise pro­fes­sional may be some­one who you end up spend­ing sig­nif­i­cant time with, so you need to en­sure that you choose the right per­son for you.

Ask lots of ques­tions and make an in­formed de­ci­sion be­fore you en­ter into any con­tracts.

Now is as good a time as any to get started.

Stacey Al­dous is the owner of Free­dom Health and Well­ness.

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