What Does A Personal Trainer Do?

A personal trainer SHOULD personalize. She should provide you with a specific program based on you.

When I was going through my coursework towards PT certification, potential clients were Sorting Hatted into two basic categories: athletes and newbies. As though there were only really two types of clients. So, we talked a lot about lifting heavy weight for body builders and about how to "stabilize" sedentary overweight folks.

But I have returned from the trenches to file this mind-boggling report: other people exist, too!

Yes, there are athletes who need trainers to improve their performance.

Yes, there are folks who are sedentary and overweight who need to start from the beginning.

And then there's everyone else. People who kind of know how to eat healthy, but aren't where they want to be. People who kind of go to the gym, but aren't where they want to be.

A good personal trainer WILL personalize.

When I got into fitness and health as a hobby, I didn't anticipate it becoming authentically fascinating.

"Really," he said in disbelief. "Tell me more about how exercise is 'fascinating.'"

Starting point + goals = a unique path.

Your starting point (age, gender, ethnicity, attitude, habits, health history, etc) is different from almost everyone else on the planet. Even if your goals are similar to millions of other people (basic health and fitness improvements), to achieve those goals you must behave differently than people who are starting at a different place.

A good personal trainer WILL ONLY be good when they personalize. A trainer who starts everyone in the same place and progresses them with the same formula is not personalizing and that means they are not good.

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