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Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of a Personal Trainer

Being a personal trainer is one of the most individually fulfilling things you can be in your life. Most of these people, if not all, are living a life that combines their passion for fitness and career. It is more than just being a gym instructor or a fitness coach. Although there are similarities because a personal trainer has the qualifications to be a gym instructor has, those who hire a personal trainer are people who are serious in making a difference in their life. As their mentor, you only don’t get to change your life for the better, you also get to help and witness that change in them.

When you want to become somebody’s personal guide to their fitness goals, you will have to assume a lot of different roles and responsibilities. You will be catering to your client’s needs individually, as everyone has their own unique lifestyle and challenges and provide them a road map to their goal. The successful personal trainers in Los Angeles have studied and got their certification to help their careers. You will learn vital skills in order to be effective in the field like customer service, communication, motivational strategies, and others. Once you’re certified, you gain people’s confidence that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to train them.

Here are the things you’ll have to fulfill as a Personal Trainer:

1. Information Gathering

You will have to talk to your client one-on-one or as a group depending on the goals they are setting out. You will have to know if they are safe to be physically trained, so you’ll have to know certain risks beforehand such as diabetes, heart conditions, obesity, etc. Trainers will usually have their clients undergo a battery of tests to gauge their current fitness level.

You will also have to talk openly with them and ask what are their goals and what are they willing to give in order to achieve that. The information you will have gathered will help you design a training plan which will help them achieve that goal.

2. Assessment

With the information you’ve gathered, you will then make an assessment of your client’s current fitness level. This will be the baseline for which their progress will be measured. You will then have to talk honestly to them about setting the right expectations with the information you’ve just gathered. This honest communication will help your client in the long run.

3. Training Design

You will then create a personal training program for each of your clients. This will not only include exercise but also their diet and nutrition. You will give advise them on what to eat and what to avoid in order to promote the results of the training. Depending on their goals if its muscle gaining, toning, or weight loss you will create a program of the exercises, the sets, and frequency of those exercises.

4. Educate Clients

You will not only hand your client a list and what and whatnots, but you also should educate them on the guiding principles of exercise and health. This includes showing them proper exercise techniques and safety. You wouldn’t want them to hurt themselves when they do the exercise you told them to do, so proper techniques must be learned. Nutrition and diet will also be a major factor in achieving their goals so you should talk to them about that.

5. Monitor

It will not all be perfect, so you should keep an eye on your clients and see what are they doing wrong or where are they struggling. You must be ready to provide them with alternatives for exercises that they are having difficulties with. You will also have to look into their eating habits and see if it’s causing a significant impact on their improvement. A personal trainer must be with their clients when they are training, one of the reason is that you’ll get see the things the needs to be re-evaluated.

6. Motivate

There will be times when your clients are just not into it or have lost that fire they had when they started. It’s your job to motivate them to grind it out until they reach their fitness goals. You must be able to give them the energy to get up and get going.

There will be other responsibilities that you’ll learn once you’re on the job. But the basic responsibilities above will give a picture of how you would operate as a trainer. Make sure you focus on your clients and always have their well-being first and everything will just follow. Your clients trust you, they will devote resources and more importantly their time and effort to follow your word. The responsibilities come with the honor of having to carry one’s goals and realizing them.


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