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What To Know When Hiring A Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are qualified fitness professionals who assess, discuss, motivate and teach clients how to improve and reach their health and fitness goals. Personal trainers can help you unlock your true health and fitness potential.

Personal training is a personalised class between you and the trainer. The service goes beyond just directing a certain exercise routine or making you sweat it out. Hiring a personal trainer takes care of the whole training process of learning, training and motivation for consistency to reach your goal. It’s about expert guidance towards meeting your specific individual goal/s safely and effectively which requires mutual responsibility, commitment, motivation, trust and more.

If you find the right trainer it will be a wise investment of time, effort and money. Ensure that you hire a qualified trainer, understand their certifications and area of specialisation. You can assess your compatibility with the trainer by requesting a trial class. Other aspects that ensure that you have made the right choice are referrals about the trainer, charges – it should be what you can afford, the suitability of location and time of training to ensure consistency.

The training process will entail assessment of the client’s health and fitness status using proper scientific methods. The trainer should help the client understand their current health and fitness status and work together to set realistic goals. The goals set should appear achievable to the client. The trainer then designs a customised program to suit the client’s needs, interest and goal. Any injuries and health condition must be seriously considered.

When you start, the trainer should demonstrate the various exercises and proper use of equipment and monitor the client closely to ensure the application of correct techniques and improve client skills.

The trainer should advise and educate clients about lifestyle modification techniques and nutrition to help them improve their overall health and wellbeing. Motivation is paramount to ensure improvement in performance and compliance to the program. The trainer should create trust and reliable rapport to influence inspiration and motivation. While dong all of these, the trainer must consider the clients psychology, personality and trigger factors to constantly motivate them.

The client should work under close supervision and vigilance. The trainer should make necessary changes from time to time to focus on progress and meet the objective. Your trainer must never hesitate to refer you to a healthcare professional if and when necessary.

Lastly, remember that a good trainer will be open to answering your questions and concerns, and will adapt and adjust your routine as necessary. During the workout, you should feel challenged but not pushed beyond your limits. If you feel your trainer is not responsive or adjusting, you should find another trainer. .

Sandesh Palungwa Limbu, Certified professional fitness instructor, founder of RAGE Fitness, and specialises in mixed martial arts.

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