With the personal training industry at an all time high, finding a personal trainer is becoming easier and easier for those looking to shake up their fitness regimes and see real results. However as hundreds of certified personal trainers qualify each year, the same number of unqualified trainers enter the fitness world and work with hundreds of unsuspecting clients to achieve their goals.
Clients are now becoming much more savvy before parting with their trust, and their cash. Researching on the internet and asking questions regarding experience, qualifications and often references are not uncommon in today’s’ consumer.
So for those considering becoming a personal trainer, we take a look at the reasons a professional certification is a must if you want to make it in the world of fitness…
Certified personal trainers are experts in the field of fitness. They are dedicated and possess practical and expert knowledge on different kinds of situations, body types, nutrition and lifestyle. It would be impossible for a regular fitness fan to match the expertise of a certified trainer. So, hiring a certified personal trainer becomes mandatory for fitness.
For example, just observing an electrician at work will not make you aware of all the risks involved in the trade. A professional electrician has lots of experience, which is why they can often make it look easy. But just try repairing your own TV wiring and you’ll soon see what it means to be qualified!
Clients now make a habit of asking personal trainers for their qualifications before embarking on a business relationship. Gyms also require proof of a recognised qualification before allowing trainers to work in their club. Without it, you’re on your own.
An expert certified personal trainer will keep a constant watch on exercise techniques and patterns, and provide guidance for maximum effectiveness and results. If you play a particular sport, the right personal trainer can help you improve your skill by showing you new training techniques specific to your sport. The trainer will incorporate skills training into your program so you improve not only your strength and endurance, but your agility and mental focus.
Having experience using gym equipment or regular sports activities does not give you this in depth knowledge to be able to prescribe appropriate programs. A client can often see through this during the initial consultation stage.
One of the main reasons people benefit from a certified personal trainer is that they lack the motivation to stick to a consistent exercise program on their own. A certified personal trainer provides structure, accountability, and motivation that encourages a healthy and fit lifestyle. For those that aren’t professional qualified, humour and a few words of wisdom will only get you so far before your clients begin to get demotivated.
A certified personal trainer focuses on results, putting an end to inefficient workouts. Those with a reputable qualification will have efficient processes, plans and strategies in order to help clients achieve maximum results in minimal time. Not everyone is a good planner, but those that are educated in doing so are the ones that will succeed, and the ones clients will recommend to others.
Break Through Plateaus
Clients working with inexperienced or unqualified personal trainers can often find that they hit a wall, and the routine they have been doing for months is no longer having an effect. This is where the one-trick ponies are weeded out from the experts. A certified personal trainer has the know-how to recognise when a client need variety, and can break out of the routine to maximise results. Clients that don’t see results don’t stick around for too long!
If you’re considering becoming a qualified Personal Trainer, ensure you use a recognised certifying body. See our article on qualifications that will get you nowhere! Beware!