By Errol Fung
To some, a personal trainer is a glorified repetition counter who tells their clients things that they already know. Others who have had the benefit of training with a certified and qualified personal trainer will tell you something different.
A certified personal trainer is someone who helps you identify your fitness related goals and takes you through the necessary steps to help you to achieve them.
Here are four top things that certified and experienced personal trainer can do to help you raise your game:
1. Identify Fitness Goals
A personal trainer sits down with you to set precise and detailed fitness goals. For example, we all have that 5 kilos that we want to lose but it has merely remained a desire and a new year’s resolution for the past 5 years. A fitness objective set with a trainer follow the SMART goal setting principles – geek-speak for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive targets. This way, these goals are real and, more importantly, achievable.
2. Identify Limitations
Most people have had experienced some sort of injury in their life, from commonplace injuries like a bad knee, or bad ankle, to more severe limitations like a slipped disc. Some situations are more complex – injuries are amplified by a medical condition, making it hard for the individual to exercise, but in order to get better, the individual must exercise. This is where a personal trainer comes in. We work with our clients to identify their limitations and structure a training program to help address these weak points as well as overcome them.
3. Form and Technique
Just like how a student graduates from his class to a college degree, exercise has the same requirements; one does not get fit by paying for a gym membership. Every exercise and movement in the gym requires basic know-hows in terms of form and technique. Watching a Youtube video to learn the exercise does not guarantee effectiveness and safety. Just as how every trainer will go back to being coached at some point, personal training is as important as a degree to professionals out there looking to get healthier and fitter.
Personal training is about getting that motivation and the extra push to work out! Let’s face it; we tend to lose motivation after a long and tiring day at work. In many cases, we tend to skip the turn off to the gym after a long day’s at work to go home instead (or to meet with friends for a drink).This usually means, a whole evening in surfing front of the computer, or in front of the TV, while munching on fries and drinking a coke. Having a personal trainer on your speed dial gives you that extra push to choose to work out after work, even though your energy levels are low and achieve what you had set out to do 5 years ago.
Next week: Keeping Fit and Injury Free…