5 things your Personal Trainer should be doing
By Neil Perkins
20 years ago, Personal Training in the UK didn’t exist. There were elite level coaches who worked with elite level athletes, but the ‘everyman’ was restricted to solo gym use, aerobics classes and the occasional chat with a gym instructor. With people wanting to look leaner, have more energy and achieve personal goals, hooking up with a good Personal Trainer can be fast track route to success. The ease of gaining a PT qualification and growth of the industry has meant that Personal Trainers can now achieve a qualification in a course that in some cases takes as little as a weekend, this has led to many who are sub-standard in the industry. Not all trainers are bad though, here are five things your personal trainer should be doing for you.
- Goal Setting
Your goal might be to get to the gym three times per week, I would advise that attending the gym for a chat on the treadmill isn’t a goal? Make sure a trainer sets a target to improve physical fitness, lose body fat or achieve a personal goal. This goal needs to be measurable, achieved and then re-set.
- Structured Training
You may need a plan outside of the gym. This is something that your trainer should be advising. They should understand your patterns and requirements and make you accountable if you don’t complete them on route to achieving your goal. This should also be communicated to you. This might be to complete a timed run or to use stairs rather than the lift at work. Your trainer should not only set this plan, but check in you are sticking to it and reprimand you if you don’t.
- Factor Lifestyle
Your lifestyle is important. Any trainer worth their salt should be advising about your nourishment, sleep and stress factors. These key lifestyle factors should be accounted for when designing a training programme.
- Ensuring Rest
A business savvy trainer may maximise a client and train them daily for maximum revenue, but is that what the client needs? Rest is important as exercise. A newcomer to exercise or de-conditioned person will be unable to reap the benefits of training on consecutive days. Even an experienced athlete will be unlikely to need a trainer for multiple sessions within a day.
A trainer should educate you about how they are periodising your training, how the programme works and what, when and why you are doing what you are doing. It is a journey that goes above and beyond the two, three or four hours per week you spend together. You need a synergy to achieve your goals. For this synergy to work, you must be educated as to why you are following this process.