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Showing posts with label How to Enjoy Personal Training. Show all posts

How to Choose a Personal Trainer

How to Choose a Personal Trainer
The process through which some of the general public selects a personal trainer is faulty. Just like any service that you are paying for, you should choose someone who has the proper credentials and the proper experience to get you to your goal. Because many people aren't sure what questions to ask (or are too intimidated to ask questions), they end up not seeing results and become skeptical of working with personal trainers. The only way to match up dedicated clients with GOOD trainers is to educate individuals outside of the fitness field about what qualifies us to do what we do which is what I will attempt to do in this article.

Personal Training Companies within a "gym": beware of training companies who chase you around at the gym or "require" you to meet with them when you sign up. Many of these companies have become the "fast food" of personal training. The "menu" of exercises never changes, the service is poor, and you're just a number in a line of clients. Ask these questions:

1) Will you always have the same trainer (if you choose to)? If the answer is NOT "yes, absolutely" - move along. If you have 10 different trainers over the next 6 months, how are you supposed to make any progress?

2) Do you have to sign a contract? If you are unsure about whether or not you will like the trainer or the system, ask if you can purchase some trial sessions before you commit. Never sign yourself into a contract without having a good understanding of what you're buying.

3) Ask to speak with the trainer you will be working with before you buy sessions (see below about questions to ask). If you're not allowed to do that, move along.

4) Lastly, if you feel like you're being pushed into buying training like a car salesman tries to get you to buy a car, move along. A good trainer will never pressure you into anything because we understand that you will ONLY see results when you are READY to commit.

The GOOD training companies are usually led by a very experienced personal trainer who is selective about the trainers who work for him/her. This person will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and likely appreciative that you are doing research to make the best decision for you. You will usually find these companies set up as independent studios.

If you have found a trainer you might like to work with, here is what to look for:

1) Most importantly, do you LIKE the person? It sounds like a silly question but you will be spending a fair amount of time with this person and probably sharing some things about yourself that you might not share with other people. You want to make sure you can build a relationship based on trust with your trainer.

2) Does this person sound like he/she is willing to work with you? Does the trainer seem distracted or flighty? Is the trainer asking you a lot of questions, listening to and understanding you... or is the trainer just talking AT you? You will NOT reach your goal by hiring a trainer that does not listen to you.

3) What are the trainer's credentials? There are nationally accredited personal training certifications... and then there are certifications you can get in a cracker jack box. Some of the top certifications are: ACSM, NSCA, ACE, NETA. There are other nationally accredited certifications but these are the most reputable ones, in my personal opinion. I've also seen great trainers come out of the WITS program.

4) How long have they been training? Would you hire a mechanic who just started working on cars a couple months ago? I would hope not, but, we all have to start somewhere. If the trainer has been in the field for less than 2 years and they are working within a good training company being mentored by an experienced trainer, you're in good hands.

5) Are they experienced with clients similar to yourself and do they have testimonials and/or references? If you have a specific health issue or are training for a specific event, you can seek someone who has experience in that area but most trainers are versatile. If you have a good feeling about a particular trainer and he/she is willing to do the work to find out what they need to do to help you, you can feel confident in working with that person. A good trainer will be glad to give you references and/or VALID testimonials.

6) What's the plan? You're paying for it, so what is it?! A good trainer will be able to give you a general idea of how they will progress you toward your goal. Also, how will they track the progress? There must be a system in place.

7) Is the trainer trying to sell you on some kind of "miracle plan" that consists of special supplements and a "lose weight fast" type of program? There is no replacement for hard work and healthful eating habits. If this is not the trainer's belief system, move along. He/She is just trying to get you to empty your wallet exchange for short term results.

Personal Training - Spot the Fad Diet

Personal Training - Spot the Fad Diet
There are endless diets being released constantly and they all claim to be the holy grail of weight loss and body transformation. I am pretty casual and don't mind these as long as they are sound, because not one diet or particular eating style will suit all people. That's just unrealistic. But how can the non-dietician and non-nutritionist separate the bad from the good, well, there are few things to look out for. If you don't, you just may get less than sub-optimal results from your personal training regime.
Lifestyle Is the diet in question a realistic way to live your life for the long-term (not that not all are die-hard health nuts)? For example, if you are required to have meal replacements for most or all of your meals - is that something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life? If it isn't, don't do it. 
You may lose some weight, but you also run the risk of malnourishment and once the diet is over you are likely to go back to your old habits and gain the weight back. So what did we learn? Nothing.
Malnourishment Is the diet getting you enough vitamins, minerals and fibre? Does it even mention it? Is it a one-size-fits-all or can it be customised? One energy requirement is seldom enough to cater for all different shapes, sizes and goals. But if it gives clear instructions on how to modify it, then it's okay in my books.
Education Do the creators explain their reasoning behind their choices and do they educate you on how to style your eating for the long-term, once your weight loss goal is achieved?
 Like with the lifestyle paragraph, if you don't know what to do once you lost your weight, other than follow the same plan for the rest of your life, chances are you'll fall back into old habits and put stack the kilos back on again. 
And doing so can be extremely discouraging and damaging your self-confidence and self-image, so do everything you can to avoid it.
That I'd say are the most important things to look out for and if they all check out and there are no huge question marks that worry you, go right ahead and try it. 
Remember that "diet" simply means "what you eat", and has nothing to do with restrictions or limitations. It is not an ugly word, but it's definitely overused by us fitness nerds.

Personal Training Business - Don't Go Chasing Trends

Personal Training Business - Don't Go Chasing Trends
As the owner of a Personal Training business you can sometimes lose focus on your Point Of Difference and go chasing the latest trends. Fitness trends will come and go and some might stick, the good business owners will embrace some, and leave others for the amateurs. Chasing trends can take up your TIME and MONEY and distract you from finishing your commitment to your original business plan.
Always remember what you first set out to achieve. If you wanted to specialise in 1-on-1 Personal Training then do you need to be worried about not offering a CrossFit service?
Most of the successful business owners in the industry are successful because they know their market, know their product and don't spread themselves too thin trying to offer everything! Therefore, within their local community they are more likely to become the EXPERT in their field, rather than the person who is trying to offer it all. It's like the old saying "Jack of all trades... Master of none!"
When new trends or fads enter the market they need to be investigated but before jumping on board some questions need to be answered!
Will my target market benefit from this new service?
Will this bring in new business?
Will it affect my existing clientele?
How much will it cost to implement?
Will it compliment the services I already offer?
Do we already offer a service that gets the same results?
Will not offering this new service affect my business?
Will this trend stick, or will is be gone in 6 months?
Do I really need to diversify?
By answering these questions you can possibly prevent yourself from spending MONEY and TIME on something that really doesn't help your business, rather it distracts from what is your staple service. Doing the latest course, reading the latest trends in the magazines, and buying into what the media are promoting can be dangerous as you never get to settle your service. You never get to be known for a service, instead you constantly chop and change, and as a result your clients get confused.
Now, this blog post is definitely not saying that taking on a new service in your business is a bad idea, it has been known that adding an extra string to your bow can boost your business. However, tread carefully and always remember trying to take every shortcut to success can sometimes find you lost and directionless!
Travis Beckley from PT Business Systems.
PT Business Systems has been created to assist new and existing Personal Trainers build profitable businesses based on proven information and systems.
With over 17 years of experience in the Fitness Industry owning and operating Personal Training studios we have decided to share our experience and successful business systems online.

Components That Make a Personal Training Program Effective

Components That Make a Personal Training Program Effective
A basic personal training program should contain at least 5 essential components:
1. Corrective Exercises: Basically this component of a fitness program addresses your posture and how your body moves. I have helped many people look taller, leaner, and healthier by merely helping them to improve their posture and how they hold/move their body. By not focusing on the muscles commonly called your "Mirror Muscles", the muscles like the Pectorals, Abdominals, Biceps, and giving some attention to strengthen and move the muscles of the Spine, Hips, Neck, and Hamstrings. This shift in training focus can help resolve many postural issues. Better posture will lead to better function.
2. Resistance Training: This component of a personal training program may include traditional strength training techniques to specific functional training techniques. The Goal is to increase lean muscle tissue. Your body burns more calories with more lean muscle tissue, period. So we need to put stress on your muscles to stimulate the muscle growth and tone. Unfortunately, many personal trainers, good and bad, focus way too much time traditional strength training techniques. Which will truly limit the effectiveness and quality of results. Though an individual may get stronger, they may not lose weight, improve flexibility, and/ or improve cardio-respiratory health. Be sure that your fitness program is not focusing solely on ONLY resistance training.
3. Aerobic Training: "Cardio", this component you, as the personal training client, should do daily. Many sources recommend at least 30 minutes daily. I as a personal trainer of 13 years wholeheartedly agree that no matter what your fitness goal or ability is you must incorporate the time for aerobic training. That time can consist of anywhere from 30-60 minutes of some type of aerobic activity (running, swimming, boxing, cycling, etc.)
4. Stretching/Flexibility Training: This component is crucial to not only prevent injury but also this will help to give your body the "Shape" you want. During most of my personal training sessions I will put a client through a dynamic and/or a functional stretching routine at the beginning then an assisted stretching program at the end.
5. Nutrition and Water Intake: (How Much are you eating/drinking, How well is your eating, when do you eat, etc.) Your personal trainer and you should address the areas with your eating that need improvement. We,as personal trainers, will figure out what food you currently have (if any) that is good and what is not, then what to shop for to compliment the other components of your fitness program.
These 5 components are Essential to any fitness program and they are even more effective with the addition of a 6th component.
6. Professional Assistance from a Personal Trainer: The fitness program must evolve as your body changes and adapt to the other 5 components of our personal training program. We will not let our workout sessions with me or on your own get "easy" or "boring". We will always modify the various components to give you the best workouts and eating plan possible.
Your Fitness Program must be comprehensive and cover all of the components listed above. Otherwise the result and subsequently the fitness level you want, will not be completely or easily achieved.
Contact Andrew Fodge for more information about the Personal Training Programs of Fitness By Andrew LLC serving Old Town and North Scottsdale, AZ. My Personal Trainer Team provides the following services: Fitness and Weight Loss Intensive Programs, Functional Training, Golf Conditioning and Athletic Development.