If you’re considering becoming a Personal Trainer, you’ll no doubt already have a passion for fitness and be looking to make a career out of doing what you love.
In what is one of the fastest growing industries, Personal Training has fast become a popular career choice, meaning that those new to the industry have some stiff competition!
For those that start up their own Personal Training business without recognised qualifications and experience, success rates are always low. Todays’ clients check references, credentials, qualifications and track records before parting with their cash. So, in order to cut it in the fitness industry, a Personal Training qualification is the way forward.
So what will you learn throughout your study that will give you that sizeable advantage when it comes to bringing on your own Personal Training clients?
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Exercise Prescription & Assessment
One of the primary areas that all Personal Trainers need to study is exercise prescription and assessment. This area deals with getting basic health information from your client and placing them into risk categories based on their health. This allows you to design an exercise program that is safe and effective.
Learning which exercises to use and how to structure a program requires a fundamental understanding of how the body works. Exercise physiology is the study of how the body works in relation to exercise. You will need to learn how your heart and lungs work in response to exercise and the types of muscular changes you would expect based on different weight-training programs. Once you understand some of these concepts, you will be on your way to becoming the type of Personal Trainer that can use scientific facts to train people, and not just what’s popular, celeb-inspired or trendy.
Exercise technique is another key concept for a Personal Trainer to have knowledge of. During this stage of your course, you will learn how to teach different exercises that target the various muscular groups. You will learn chest, shoulder, back, abdominal, leg, tricep and bicep exercises. Once you have learned how to perform certain lifts and movements, you will need to be able to effectively communicate to your client how to execute these properly and safely.
Nutrition and Weight
Although a Personal Trainer is not a registered dietitian, learning basic nutrition and weight-management techniques will enable you to offer your clients general principles of nutrition and weight management.
As a Personal Trainer, you’ll encounter a variety of clients with a variety of illnesses and conditions. During your study, you’ll cover basics such as training individuals who are obese, have diabetes or those who have heart conditions. Not all certifications require this extensive training but your versatility as a Personal Trainer will improve by knowing this information. It could also lead to working with specialist clients further down the line.
When studying Client Relations, you will look into goal-setting, motivation and professional practice. A Personal Trainers primary job is to help the client get the results they want, but a trainer can’t be with the client all hours of the day. By teaching your clients how to set goals and be motivated, you can help your clients keep on track when you’re not around.
If this all sounds up your street, speak to our team about getting started on your Personal Training Qualification to begin your career as a Fitness Professional!