For many years Personal Trainers have been considered a luxury by most people, only a service for the rich and famous.
Hourly rates may appear high but when you look at what is involved from a trainers perspective you are getting good value for money. There are a number of factors to consider in the roles of a Personal Trainer.
Aside from the anatomical knowledge a well qualified trainer must possess, there are many different aspects of the role to consider when working with a client and meeting their needs.
- Injuries, illness and medical restrictions when developing a fitness program
- Physical and psychological barriers the client may face
- Time restrictions
- Work commitments
- Family commitments
- Poor eating habits
- High stress levels
- A lack of motivation
- Low energy levels
- Low fitness levels
- A lack of exercise experience
- Body & metabolic type
- Intrinsic or extrinsic motivation
- Goal setting and exercise adherence
- A specific exercise program for that individual based on exercise capabilities
The fact is every human being is different, so what will work for one client won’t always work for another.
A good trainer also has to possess the ability to listen to the client, not only to their health and fitness goals but sometimes on a personal and private level. External factors play a big part in influencing people’s mood and motivation levels and quite often clients get things off their chest by confiding in their trainer.
“Do not listen with the intent to reply, but with the intent to understand”
There is nothing worse than a trainer who constantly goes on about themselves and how amazing they are, there are far too many of these trainers in the industry!
When it comes to the cost of a trainer the prices vary dramatically and the most expensive in this industry doesn’t always mean the best! Quite often it comes down to what part of the country you live in and the demand for this service.
The trainer’s work doesn’t stop after a training session, they will have to work on program development and progression and make modifications to the next training sessions accordingly.
Recording verbal and visual feedback from client performance is a skill that every trainer should possess when it comes to getting the most out of the exercises performed, time spent with each client and suitability of exercises to fitness goals.
What people spend their money on is completely up to them, however some interesting research shows
Britons each spend £2,210 a YEAR in coffee shops and the average trip lasts around 93 minutes
- On average, Brits visit a coffee shop 152 times a year, costing £13.85 each time
- The figures suggest each visit lasts a whopping 93 minutes, three times a week
- Every year, average Brit spends £2,111 – eight per cent of the average UK salary
- Trend reflects rising number of people using cafes as ‘coffices’ to do business
PUBLISHED: 00:46, 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 03:53, 10 July 2017
Fast Food Britain Spends £29.4 Billion on Takeaways Every Year
- Brits spend a third of their total food budget on fast food.
- £1,304 splurged on 140 non-home-cooked meals.
- Get through an average of 64 ready meals per year.
Alcohol Spend 2014
Macmillan Cancer Support found each Briton spends around £787 a year on alcohol, with London’s concentration of drinkers spending sizably more. The research, conducted by Onepoll, surveyed 2,000 over-18s. Men spent an average of£934.44 per year, the data found, compared with women spending £678.60.30 Sep 2014
These rather alarming figures give an example of how much we are prepared to spend on being unhealthy, why is it then we have so much trouble spending our money on improving our long term health and fitness.
Investing some time and money in ourselves goes a long way and has numerous physical and psychological benefits. Having a Personal Trainer doesn’t necessarily mean you have to see them week in week out, it is a case of deciding what is best for you and discussing your options with the right trainer.
A good Personal Trainer provides you with the tools you need to become fitter, healthier and live a longer and more fulfilled life. Ultimately a trainer’s end goal for each client should be for them to have the confidence, knowledge and motivation to exercise independently from their trainer.