Sometimes, music simply isn’t enough to fully motivate us to reach our health goals. Though most people are tuned into their own world, using headphones or earbuds to pump their own workout tunes into their ears to motivate themselves, an extra boost may be necessary for many situations. That’s where personal or private training comes in. The guidance, expertise and constant words of encouragement from a fitness professional empower people to lose weight, gain muscle, and meet their overall fitness goals, no matter how specific they may be.
However, finding a good personal trainer who makes you feel comfortable enough to expose your biggest flaws can be quite challenging. Intelligent Fitness Personal Training recognizes that exercising is a painful and often vulnerable experience. The camaraderie and relationship between the personal trainer and the client in question are paramount to achieving personal fitness goals. After all, they’re called “personal” trainers for a reason – they’re there to guide you to and past your personal fitness goals. To do this, the private trainer must fit with your personality to achieve optimal results.
Overall, trainers should understand that what works for one client may not work for another. Though personal trainers use many universal training methods, the way they work on a client may be more subjective. Patience is the key to a good client-trainer relationship. A good personal trainer should do an assessment of your body when you first meet, in order to familiarize themselves with your needs and goals.
Finding a comfortable pace for clients is also important – some clients may progress at a faster rate, while others may require more coaching and assistance.
Don’t Be Unprofessional
As the trainer, if you show up late, cancel last minute, dress unprofessionally or neglect a client during a training session, this will look very bad for you. Your client will lose confidence in your ability to help them reach their fitness goals. To be the best personal trainer you can be, represent yourself with pride: show up early, dress well, be responsive and work with the client the entire time, giving them 100 percent of your attention.
Education is Important
All certified personal training experts should possess an appropriate fitness certification for their area of exercise. Plus, they should be able to show you this certification at any time. To become certified, private personal trainers must pass an exam through accredited organizations such as the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Most exams through these certifications cover exercise physiology, training and exercise procedures, nutrition, functional anatomy of the body and weight management. A high school diploma or GED is necessary to enroll in a certification class, though unlike Intelligent Fitness Personal Training, not all employers for personal training gyms require college degrees. We encourage you to question your personal fitness trainer’s knowledge!
Something that private trainers should not do is neglect tracking a client’s exercise regimen and note taking during training sessions. Rather, a quality certified personal training expert should implement an organized filing system for a client’s exercise regimens, and specific goals should be noted and tracked for progress. To keep a client on a successful path, a private trainer should also plan for a milestone review, which puts a client’s overall progress in a bigger picture.
Successful training between a client and a private trainer also comes down to giving your client all of your attention as their trainer. If you’re not there to verbally encourage them when they need it most to finish their set of reps or to finish the last mile of their run, then they might give out early and not achieve their daily fitness goals.
This information should be common sense, but don’t neglect a client during a training session – clients pay for a service and it should be rendered accordingly! Using a cell phone, eating, mingling with other potential clients, or catching up on paperwork during a private training session with a client is totally inappropriate and unprofessional.
Intelligent Fitness Personal Training Cares
Overall, your private fitness instructor should care about you reaching a higher state of health and fitness over time. You’ll find that our private personal training services go the extra mile to make sure that you receive the one-on-one attention you deserve to look and feel better than you ever thought possible.