Increases in personal training have been on a steady incline the past few years and show no signs of slowing down. We live in a time where information about health and fitness is at our fingertips with:
a simple google search
a you tube workout video
a workout video like P90x or insanity
group workout classes
So with all of those things available why work with a personal trainer and where to even start to find one that works best for you?
Personal training is a very PERSONAL experience, a workout video or a magazine article can never replace the personal one on one human experience.
The field of personal training has seen a huge increase in the past few years and is not showing any signs of slowing down. With it being easier than ever to have fitness opportunities at our finger tips with a simple google search, a youtube workout video, fitness classes or even one of the thousands of workout dvd’s and programs like p90X etc.
A trainer can have all the very best degrees and certifications but if they cannot communicate their knowledge to you in a valuable way what good is it? A good trainer will teach you proper form, why you are doing the movements you are doing and be able to regress or progress any movements.Trainers are not rep counters, they should be closely looking at your movement patterns, communicating what they see and teaching as much as possible.
A good trainer will be able to LISTEN to you and take everything into account that you have told them so they can form the best program for you. At this point they should know your medical and exercise history and be able to set you up for appropriate exercises to fit your needs. They should be able to listen to what you are saying just as much as listening to how you are doing on that particular day, maybe you had zero sleep last night because you have a newborn and maybe today is a great day to work on your mobility. A good trainer will be able to improvise and realize no workout plan is set in stone but rather meet that client where they are at on that day.
MEET YOU WHERE YOU ARE AT
A good trainer will be able to meet you where you are presently at with fitness both physically and mentally. They will set you up to be successful in your workouts and have your safety in mind always. They will set you up to be able to gradually progress and feel empowered. They will meet you where you are at with nutrition and not shame you into eating or not eating a certain way but rather work with you on setting smart and attainable goals around fitness and nutrition. If you meet a trainer who is coming hard at you with special diets, lots of supplements or a 1,200 calorie diet…run or speed walk the other way.
CHALLENGE NOT KILL
Despite what you may have seen on T.V. personal training is NOT about “killing” clients, making them throw up or punishing them into exercise. If a trainer feels some sort of accomplishment pride in any of the above..get far away from them by running or speed walking the other way. If you associate exercise with feeling like hell and being punished then why why why would you ever want to do it forever?
A good trainer will challenge you with moments of being uncomfortable and maybe working harder than you would on your own or pushing you to do what you did not think was possible but this should be done in a manner that makes sense and leaves you the client feeling awesome about what you can achieve.
A good trainer will be a partner to you in your process towards health and fitness. They will hold you accountable and be there for you as an ally, support person and someone who doesn’t cast judgement or shame you.