And what personal training isn’t
Admitting you need help with something you can do yourself, like exercise is difficult. You’ve either tried and failed beforehand, facing a lot of obstacles or you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
Or all the above.
Either way, you need help. And being in this situation with another human being one on one, who you’re putting your trust in is a big leap of faith.
I get it because I’ve been a personal trainer for 11 years and counting.
And in that time clients and potential clients haven’t had a clue of the true role of a personal trainer. Which is understandable because it’s not like personal training comes with a handbook.
Exactly like being a parent. And it would be so much easier (on both counts) if they did.
So, consider this your mini handbook for personal training if you’re considering going down this road.
Sorry, if you’re a parent, you’re on your own.
A few further thoughts following on from this video
- Personal trainers cannot prescribe or diagnose exercises or diets. But during the assessment process, trainers may pick up on some things that may help with your issues.
- Trainers are a guide by your side. We can coach you to change, we can coach you to get to your goals but whether this happens or not is mostly on you.
- The investment doesn’t stop when you hand over your hand earned cash. You need to be invested in the process too for this to work.
- Personal trainers are not drill sergeants. If you see or hire one who is, run away.
- Trainers love exercise but sometimes we don’t realize the client feels differently.
- Good personal trainers concentrate on what you CAN do and not what you can’t do.
- Coaches cannot ‘fix’ you because you’re not broken. You’re already wonderfully made. You maybe in need of repair, but you’re not broken.
I hope this clears things up.