What is Personal Training?
Personal training is one-on-one fitness instruction. Personal trainers are certified in fitness instruction including exercise science, programming and techniques. Certified personal trainers are also trained in aspects of nutrition and injury prevention. Personal traininers provide specialized workout plans designed to meet your goals. These workout plans take into account your specific weight loss or weight strengthening needs, health history, physical restrictions, and exercise experience. Personal training can be done in your home, in your trainer's home, at a gym, health club, community center or school. Typically, training sessions happen once or twice a week and last from an hour to an hour and a half. Personal trainers keep track of your diet, workout regime and health. They also hold you accountable for maintaining an exercise schedule. A committed personal trainer motivates often and pushes their clients just enough in order to help them live healthier lives.
Find the Right Personal Trainer
As a result of a fitness boom in America, the personal trainer industry has surged. With every new gym built comes a new group of personal trainers. How do you decide which personal trainer is right for you? First, find out if the personal trainer you have chosen is certified. There are many different certification boards for personal trainers and it's good to know which ones your trainer belongs to. Look for trainers who belong to well established organizations like ACE (American Council on Exercise), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). Most certifying organizations require personal trainers to have a high school diploma, be certified in CPR, and to pass certification tests, not once, but every few years. Additionally, some personal trainers will possess a BS or MS in exercise physiology. Be sure the personal trainers training should fits your individualized needs. Next, ask your trainer how long s/he has been training and whether s/he trains more men or women. You can also ask them what their training style is. Maybe they have a military background and train using boot camp methods or maybe they're a trained yoga instructor and approach exercise from a holistic stand point. Also, find out how your personal trainer communicates with their clients. Do they communicate well on the phone, do they prefer email, or do they manage their business from a website? You'll want to be able to easily communicate with your trainer. Lastly, it never hurts to ask for a free session so that you and the trainer can see if you make a good pair.
Fitness Training: Your First Session
Whether you're training at home, in your trainer's home or at a gym, most first personal training sessions will involve a similar number of steps. To begin, your personal trainer will ask you to fill out a health questionnaire and injury profile. Be honest and upfront about your health history and needs to ensure your training is effective. Some personal trainers will ask to speak with your physician, psychical therapist, or specialist to better safely assist you. Next, the trainer will collect information like your blood pressure, heart rate, weight and body measurements. You will also discuss your exercise or weight loss goals. If you don't have any particular goals, your personal trainer will help you determine what it is you want to accomplish in your sessions and how quickly you would like to achieve your goal. Your personal trainer will then need to do a fitness assessment test involving certain free-standing exercises and/or exercises with equipment. Once all this data is collected, your personal trainer will be able to craft a workout routine and nutrition plan just for you. From there, you and your trainer will decide how many sessions per week you would like to have, when to meet and where you'll workout. If you are thinking of brining in an outside personal trainer to your local gym, be sure to see what the fee is for doing so.
Nutritionists and Personal Training
Though it is not necessary to contact a nutritionist or dietician if you are beginning personal training sessions, it does add to the effectiveness and safety of those sessions. Nutritionists and dieticians are certified in food and nutrition science. They plan food and nutrition programs that regulate disease and cure illness through the implementation of healthy eating habits. A nutritionist or dietician should have a bachelors degree in food and nutrition sciences. Most states also require they maintain licensure. A nutritionist can enhance your personal training experience by creating a diet plan that is sports nutrition related. A dietician can help you to lose weight in a healthy and lasting way. The combination of a regular physician, a personal trainer and a nutritionist or dietician is the perfect equation for taking a safe, healthy step forward.