- It is the shortest way to success
The main role of a personal trainer (one-person training) is the optimisation of results in the shortest possible time. We could say that personal training is the ultimate “shortcut” to achieving your goals and there are numerous and specific reasons for this. The incorrect exercise technique, the unsuccessful choice of training programs, the misregulation of the training elements, the absence of motivation and the injuries are only a few reasons to name that either slow down the appearance of the desired results or reduce the chances of success to zero. A well-trained personal trainer keeps the trainee on the right track, using appropriately designed training programs and keeping them safe from injuries, training plateau and failures.
- Personalised approach
If you need something more (or way more) than just your training, a personalized approach on your needs and goals is imperative. Not only does it concern the attainment of a better health level and body performance, but also the avoidance of unpleasant situations such as failure, lack of motivation due to stagnancy, and injuries. A personal trainer deals with the individual needs of only one person at a time so that all the above can be prevented and the best results can be reached. The personalized approached is only achieved when the trainer includes in their training and designing all the personal characteristics of the trainee. Consider that the personal characteristics of an individual are determined by a set of factors such as their medical history, training background, somatometric characteristics, current physical condition, personality traits, the particularity of the activity, the goals and expectations for the future, the duration of the training, the training ground, the available time to exercise, the structure of their daily life and many more. All these factors are counted in by the trainer to prepare a personalized training program (an appropriate “response”) and implement it accordingly. The outcome is not something that “many attempted to do and succeeded”, not even something like “it will probably work for you too”, rather it’s the most certain, shortest and safest way for you to succeed.
- The Training and its legacy
One of the primary advantages of Personal Training (from specially trained trainers) is the opportunity of training in exercise techniques, systems and methods, as well as the formation of right mentality on matters regarding physical education and quality of life. Techniques for simple exercises can be taught much safer and faster, making the training more efficient, while in technically harder exercises (weight lifting, gymnastics, etc.) the absolute dedication of the trainer is imperative not only for the trainee’s success, but also for their safety.
Regardless of the exercise techniques, a Personal Trainer provides the “acquaintance” with a variety of training systems and methods. This procedure enriches the trainee’s background, and not only does it lead to increased results, but also to enhancement of their motivation for exercise. In the above technical characteristics of the training contents, there’s added the comprehensive information shared through conversation and the regular friction between the trainer and the trainee. Ultimately, this information-sharing sums up, or even better, completes the kind of training a personal trainer provides.
All this results in the trainee being trained in matters regarding health, exercise and quality of life, knowledge that will be a lifelong asset.
- Periodization and designing of the annual training plan
Almost everyone knows that you can’t expect results by doing the same stuff in the same way every day, but only a few know why. The reason is that in order to see the results of a training program, this program must, among other factors, alternate by periods according to the principles and laws of coaching. This procedure is called periodization. It concerns the long-term planning of the training and within a year it’s called annual training plan. A well-trained personal trainer designs the annual plan for the trainee and regulates each period not only based on the general purpose, but also on the regular assessment and measurement of the athlete’s performance.
It’s about a “headache” for the trainer. It demands spending hours of work on planning, recording and measuring training sessions, as well as on reviewing the bibliography – and all this in the trainer’s spare time. For this reason, do not expect and ask the “certified trainer” – who is paid €2.00/hour to supervise the equipment, do all the administration work and, on top of that, the cleaning – to do it, because you’re simply making them lie to you. It is an important, high-level service and, for this reason, it is essentially implemented in the frame of personal training and programming (monitoring through training programs).
You’ve just learned that you have to do an exercise but you have the feeling that you’re not doing it right, you asked your trainer something yesterday but you can’t remember it now, you heard something today and you’re not sure whether it’s true, you were working until late last night and you can’t see the meaning of training today. Believe me… the questions never end. Honestly, never! It’s not going to work even if you do your best, remember everything or become some kind of fitness expert. What you really need is the direct contact with the trainer. What you need is counselling, not just once but every single day. A personal trainer constitutes the trainee’s personal library, thinks and researches on the trainee’s behalf, and is there to explain everything again and again as well as to introduce new theories, exercises and training plans.
The beginning of a collaboration with a personal trainer is actually the beginning of a common course towards a common goal. Automatically, there’s added a second person to whom you’re liable for your consistency, a principle that is known as “accountability”. “It’s not a big deal if I skip training once” is not an option any more. There’s a scheduled training time, specific number of sessions per week and a trainer waiting for you. This results in increased levels of consistency in the training sessions as well as in following the rules in your everyday life out of the gym, regarding your health and quality of life. Now there’s an ally in your effort on whom you can count and at the same time receive feedback from on matters you need help with.
- Correct goal-setting
The most common cause of failure in the field of physical education and sports is incorrect goal-setting. And that’s because it usually ends up to failure in regards with the goals, which failure leads to low self-esteem, loss of motivation to exercise and formation of a distorted picture for the activity that was performed.
Like every procedure, setting goals for each person must conform with some basic principles to be successful. The chosen goals must be specific, measurable, determine what must be done with clarity, feasible, designed so that they can be implemented in a specific time, and self-defined, viz set or chosen by the athlete.
The role of the Personal Trainer is to guide the trainee to the correct goal-setting based on their individual characteristics and the characteristic emerged above. By setting goals correctly the trainer can help the trainee attain motivation and create commitments, gain personal control, set the expectations clearly and improve their performance.
Another major issue in sports psychology is the so-called mindset, the mentality that athletes adopt in relation to the work they must put through, the goals they want to achieve. In other words, it refers to how one must think if they want to succeed, recover from an injury, complete all the sets in a training session, not quit after the few first sessions, or in simpler words, not prepay for an annual subscription and never set foot in the gym. The trainer plays a key role in the development of a healthy mindset, which will ultimately contribute to the person’s development. The trainer can guide you through what you might have thought as hard and complex. Through experience, knowledge and daily friction, a good personal trainer can help an athlete/trainee face their “demons”, test their limits and acquire good habits.
- Safety and confidence
Training with a personal trainer means reducing the chances of an injury to 0%. And that’s because the most essential thing a personal trainer can offer is knowledge. Ignorance is the enemy and certainly, the quickest route to injury. Lack of knowledge on handling the equipment, implementing an exercise, the periodization of training, the regulation of the quantitative elements of training, nutrition, etc., mathematically leads to injuries, failures and unpleasant situations.
A well-trained personal trainer can design the safest training program and environment not only to help the trainee develop, but also to advise on how to reinforce safety in their everyday life irrespective of training (body posture, sleep, etc.)
- Flexibility and Adaptability
The overcrowded environment of the gyms, the endless queues in front of the equipment and the fixed timetables of various training programs can be exhausting, not to say irritating, for some of us. In contrary, a personal trainer adapts to your schedule, at the one and only place you can train. You don’t need to go through the long timetables in the gyms to find something that is both suitable and convenient for you. Personal training provides time and space flexibility; ergo, it saves you time and trouble.