Finding trainer for you
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.