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Showing posts with label personal training plan. Show all posts

Personal Training Certifications - Not All are Created Equal

Personal Training Certifications - Not All are Created Equal
Personal trainers play an important role in the lives of many who are struggling and aspiring health and condition-conscious people. But how do you 'validate' your skills as a personal trainer? Personal training certifications are essential if you are a dedicated personal trainer (PT), interested in giving the best to your clients, and to get a good income of course.
Just perform a Google search on "Online Personal Training Certification", and you'll actually come across a whole long list of certifications - there was one which seemed like a joke as it costs only USD49.99! But the fact is .. that there are tonnes of personal training certifications out there - which one is the best and can offer you the experience, knowledge, training, satisfaction and a chance at a great personal trainer salary?
In my opinion, the personal training scene here in Malaysia is not as competitive and as lucrative as it is in most other countries. If you would read up the profile of the personal trainer at your gyms, you would notice that only a handful have taken the initiative to get certified by an independent and recognised certification body (ACE, FISAF, etc), while the rest of them (which is almost MOST of them actually) only possess an in house certification.
In my opinion, unless the PT has a real genuine passion for his job, he'd make a lousy trainer if his knowledge and expertise depended SOLELY on what he learns at the in house certification course. Most of the time, the in house courses are only recognised by that one fitness chain itself, and not the others. I've also had the opportunity to glance through some of their training materials, which interestingly, even addresses the area of convincing members at the gym to sign up for personal training packages. It even includes sample questions and answers, what you should say if given a particular excuse not to sign up, etc. Yes, thats sick! Now you know why some of the rotten ones can sometimes be so persistent and annoying.. its cos they studied how to!
To those of you who have not heard of the ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) the ISSA is recognised worldwide and are very highly respected in this field. Anyway, personally, I've always been very keen on certifications from the ISSA myself, mainly because:
1. I know people who have sat for ISSA certifications - and they are top notch personal trainers.
2. I've seen some of their examination questions before, and they make the most sense when compared to a few others.
3. The convenience and the freedom/flexibility to study at your own pace, and sit for an online exam.
For me, being here in Malaysia, having to juggle a busy work schedule and my time at the gym doesn't leave me much time to enroll myself in a class to study for a certification. I wish I could just sit for the exam and skip the course materials! And the ISSA gives you just that - the freedom to study at a relaxed pace and to sit for the online exam when you're ready. That alone, is enough to swing my decision to them, but the fact that they actually are a credible voice in this industry.. is a very welcome bonus.
There are many who aren't all out for online certifications, and I don't blame them. For example, a complete newbie would need to familiarize himself with exercises, technique, and have a good understanding of our health and bodies. For someone like me, or anyone who's been around the scene for a good few years - an online certification could be just what they need to take their career to the next level since we already have the basics nailed down. Although there's nothing like having a real live person in front of you to interact with, I'm actually pretty comfortable with their in depth study materials and support offered.
The ISSA offers a completely online personal training course. You can sign up, read materials, take practice tests, and sit for the real certification exam all online. No need to talk to a real person. This does have its up and downs.. but I do believe that the quality of their syllabus, and if you really are a dedicated person and are passionate about it - getting certified will easily place you 10 notches above the average PT in your gym who only carries an in house certification.
The ISSA offers certifications in various categories, but I've personally had my eyes set on the Specialist in Performance Nutrition (SPN) certification for quite some time now. Its not really a course that gets you involved in training an individual, but pretty much a specialised course to understand the role nutrition plays in our bodies and how we can best maximise that for maximum performance by our bodies.

Personal Training

Personal Training
Personal training should be just that. Entirely personal and catered to you - what you want, and your overall well being rather than just a generic work out regime that possibly doesn't even focus on your results. 
There should be people listening to exactly what you need whether it is that you are training for a sports season or marathon, or just want to feel healthier. An effective personal training program has an impact on every element of you, and how you feel inside and out, increasing both happiness and confidence.
Picking a good personal trainer who delivers exactly what you want is crucial to your enjoyment and success. Any good personal trainer does this by first and foremost, understanding how the body works and being well trained themselves and certified as a professional. However, being great at getting people to their goals takes far more than a piece of paper.
They should always be motivated and good at making you feel motivated. Being friendly is a must as feeling comfortable, not inhibited, will make the process easier and the time spent with your trainer fun. 
It will also help the results come much faster. It is also imperative to find someone who is versatile. You may not just want a trainer for yourself but somebody who can train your whole family from the youngest to the oldest member and a personal trainer should be able to choose suitable activities and exercise for everyone of every age.
You may not currently have a large family, or children, but your trainer should also be ready to deal with any situation, (such as pregnancy) with intuitive ways to keep fit and healthy. Lifestyle and food is also a very big factor in fitness and a trainer should offer vast amounts of sound, but realistic advice on how to alter your diet to co-inside perfectly with your fitness plan and goals creating a healthier you.
By having a bespoke training and nutrition plan, then whatever your circumstance, you are most likely to stay focused and work hard and inevitably get to where you want to be. One company that employs dedicated and enthusiastic personal trainers who commit themselves to attaining what each individual client wants is Body Solutions in the North West.
A company that will create the perfect fitness package and offer first class rehabilitation to those with injuries means that with them, you are in safe and supportive hands.
 A good personal trainer will inspire you to change your life for the better, and who knows? You may even become the inspiration yourself.

3 Steps To Sell Your Own Personal Training Program Successfully

3 Steps To Sell Your Own Personal Training Program Successfully
Have you long been trying to sell your own personal training program but getting failed to attract enough number of customers? Well, there are certain rules that you need to follow during the trade of your fitness products and services.
Find out below 3 most important ones among them:
Identify the target of your potential clients
The first and foremost thing that you need to emphasize for selling your own fitness program is the fitness aim of your potential clients. Whether you are an online personal trainer or running effective personal fitness training programs in a fitness club, your main objective should always be helping your clients out of their physical troubles and providing great assistance to them at each and every step.
 While talking to your clients, make sure that you are taking notes of important things. It would make them feel like you really 'care'. Try to understand their emotions that are driving them to a reliable and effective fitness program. Also, try to know their history like if they had ever undergone any kind of personal training, what was the reason behind quitting it, if there was any injury or not, and so on. Finally, focus on their fitness goals and chalk out the right path for them.
Offer results instead of packages
Clients are investing their hard-earned bucks in the personal training program offered by you, and there is no doubt that they would expect a good return of their money. So, try to show them proper outcomes rather than offering them false promises. Once you are aware of the targets of your clients, start developing basic plans for them. It would be more than best if you can chart out the entire plan physically right in front of the clients and explain some of the steps clearly to them. It is also important to elucidate how your proposed plan can help them meet their fitness goals gradually. Be concise, but be specific. No matter how confused your client is about his or her fitness needs, once you provide a brief outline of your program and enlighten them about its efficiency in a wise as well as deliberate manner, he or she would start getting convinced.
Be strategic about setting the price
Before deciding on the selling price of your fitness training program, you must get the buy-in. It means you need to book your potential client into your agenda as per your proposed plan. Try to be a bit strategic while doing this.
 But once you are able to get the commitments from the clients on your plans, you are done halfway through your selling process. Finally, consider the money matter. Prepare a professional sales sheet for making the trade of your training program official. Make sure that you are offering at least with 3 pricing choices to your clients. 
These include a low-priced option, a 'value for money' option, and a pricey option. Check out the prices set for various other similar services available in the market, and then set your own prices tactfully.

Achieve New Year's Success With A Training Plan

Achieve New Year's Success With A Training Plan
New York City is a very competitive environment. The competitive nature of its citizens is evident in business, as well as recreational activity. 
To hear that 88 out of every 100 people who makes a New Year's resolution will fail seems counter intuitive to the New York City mindset. It begs the question, why aren't more people taking steps to insure their success of their New Year's resolution commitments?
Barring the Boston Marathon and the Chicago Marathon, few events elicit the enthusiasm for running that is felt on the day the New York City Marathon is run. It seems that the whole city is geared up for this race that day.
 People specifically make plans to come out just to see a glimpse of the runners go by, fans marvel at the determination, commitment, and resolve that a marathon runner is exemplifying by running 26.2 miles over the hilly streets and bridges of New York City. There is tremendous respect for those who run and finish. There is tremendous pride and excitement by those who participate.
The amount of focus and training done for the New York City Marathon is intense. However, most people will never know the feeling of training for a marathon. For those people something else has to motivate them and keep them going.
 When a runner decides to train for a marathon, a plan is drawn up. In its simplest form it is a week by week training schedule of miles to run each week leading up to the big day. Translate this to the average person looking to stay in shape and the idea is no different. A plan needs to be implemented and executed.
Sadly, most people run down to their local gym on January 1st and join without making an assessment of what they want or need. They grab some gym clothes and hop onto the first piece of cardio machine. Looking around the gym floor, they may see some equipment they're familiar with, but as far as how to use it or how to incorporate it into their fitness program is difficult. 
The practical solution to this would be to enlist the services of a Queens personal trainer. A personal trainer's first priority is to help you achieve your goals. They will do this by listening to your needs and wants and then design a program to achieve them by using the facility and equipment available.