Look­ing for a per­sonal trainer

Enniscorthy Guardian - - PERSONAL TRAINER -

BY def­i­ni­tion, a per­sonal fit­ness trainer is a fit­ness pro­fes­sional pos­sess­ing the knowl­edge, skills and abil­i­ties for safe and ef­fec­tive ex­er­cise and fit­ness pro­gram de­sign, in­struc­tion and as­sis­tance for the pur­pose of reach­ing per­sonal health and fit­ness goals. Now, thanks to TV shows and celebri­ties who hire train­ers, this ca­reer path has a much higher pro­file than it ever has be­fore — which comes with some good ef­fects, but also some bad.

The good: train­ers are more and more recog­nied as be­ing a real and ac­tive part of in­di­vid­ual goal set­ting and achiev­ing. The role that train­ers play in the suc­cess of their clients is in­creas­ingly in the spot­light, not hid­den in the thank­less back­drop. But the bad: a lot of dis­torted views about what a per­sonal trainer does and how a per­sonal trainer should look.

Pas­sion, pur­pose, car­ing and coach­ing — these qual­i­ties make a far greater im­pac t than the size of a trainer’s bi­ceps. Not that there isn’t some­thing to be said for out­ward ap­pear­ance and tak­ing care of the ”cover“but the book has man y pages, and the cover only gets the reader to pick up the book, not to read it. At the base­line, your scope of prac­tice as a per­sonal trainer should look lik e this:

1. Knowl­edg e of hu­man anatom y and the con­cepts of func­tional ex­er­cise, ba­sic nu­tri­tion and ba­sic ex­er­cise sci­ence

2. An abil­ity to de­sign in­di­vid­ual and group ex­er­cise pro­grams tai­lored to the needs and at­tain­able goals of spe­cific clients

3. An abil­ity to con­duc t and un­der­stand the need and im­por­tance of screen­ing and client as­sess­ment, ini­tially and pro­gres­sively

4. An abil­ity to ex ecute in­di­vid­ual fit­ness pro­gram de­sign in a safe and ef­fec­tive way

5. A desire to help clients reach their health and fit­ness goals through ap­pro­pri­ate car­dio­vas­cu­lar, flex­i­bil­ity and re- sis­tance ex­er­cise

6. An abil­ity to mo­ti­vat e oth­ers to im­prove their over­all fit­ness and health

7. A ded­i­ca­tion to main­tain­ing per­sonal in­tegrity and your own health and fit­ness. A good per­sonal trainer de­liv­ers safe, ef­fec­tive, fun and in­ter­est­ing work­outs (in that or­der) to all fit­ness-train­ing clients. The train­ing pro­grams you de­velop should be var­ied and pro­gres­sive, and geared to­ward im­prov­ing your clients’ health and well­ness. As a trainer, you should be en­thu­si­as­tic and sup- portive, so that your clients re­main in­ter­ested and stim­u­lated, which helps en­sure the y stick with the pro­gram — and with you.

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