Personal trainers are teachers and motivators that can help you reach your #fitnessgoals in a safe and effective way. There are several primary roles of a certified personal trainer. Reality TV and social media often feature celebrities breaking a sweat with their personal trainers, making this industry a viable income for fitness gurus with a passion to help others get in shape. Thank you, Instagram! Here are a few key pillars that summarize the important role of a certified personal trainer.
1. Know the Client’s Needs
Not every client wants or needs to lose weight. Some people want to improve their strength, tone their muscles, improve their flexibility, or improve their heart health. Often, clients will want a combination of these. A certified personal trainer will run several tests to examine where your current fitness levels are at. They will also take note of any medical conditions.
2. They Help Set Goals
If you aren’t a fitness expert, it’s likely you won’t be able to set reasonable goals for yourself without the help of a personal trainer. They will be able to help you set short-term and long-term goals that are appropriate for your age, fitness level, and amount of work you are able to put in. They have the background knowledge of anatomy, fitness, and nutrition to be sure you reach the goals you set.
3. They Know How to Personalize
A good certified personal trainer knows that no two people are exactly the same. They will be able to create routines that are specific to your ability and fitness goals. Most importantly, they will be able to give first-aid if something goes wrong. Often times, they mitigate injuries by ensuring you are performing the exercises in the proper position, maximizing the benefits and keeping you safe.
4. They know what NOT To Do
A certified personal trainer should never give you medical advice. They should push you out of your comfort zone to an extent, but never past a reasonable limit. They should never give psychological advice or any type of massage if they are not certified in these areas.
5. They Cheer You On
Personal trainers have to be good cheerleaders. They have to know how to make your work out fun, so you keep coming back. They want to see you succeed and they know how to keep you motivated during the workout. Getting in shape is tough, but certified personal trainers will make you tougher!
7. Accountability Partner
If you have ever tried to work out on your own, you probably know all too well how easy it is to skip a workout. Even a workout buddy can get lazy sometimes! A certified personal trainer holds you accountable because you don’t want to let them down and you definitely don’t want to waste your hard-earned money! If you are low on motivation or commitment, a certified personal trainer may be just what you need.
8. Shake it Up
When you work out on your own, it can be hard to come up with new and exciting workout routines. Even if you try, you often aren’t able to master complicated exercises or get the right position. Personal trainers have more than just one trick up their sleeve. They will be able to provide you with a variety of workouts to make things interesting and fun. This also allows you to maximize your fitness.
Certified personal trainers help others achieve and keep up with a healthy, active lifestyle in a safe environment while doing something they are passionate about. They are experts in their field and push their clients to put their best foot forward into a better life and better body.