Personal training is often characterized as a new and promising training method. A new entry on the endless training systems and methods that can add something more, something innovative. To be honest, nothing could be farther from the truth. Personal training can offer tons of beneficial elements in the training life of any person but it’s neither new nor a method itself. It consists for years (more than you think) the training on a private level, it’s not a method but on its framework a trainer can use a big variety of methods and systems to achieve his client’s goals. Let’s take a closer look on the above.
To begin, personal training is NOT a training method. Training methods are named the training tools that can be used in the framework of all sporting activities (group and personal training) in order to improve the quality of the training session. More specifically, training methods are defined as ‘’the planned procedure that determines, always in accordance with the goal that is set, the selection of the content, the provision of the training means and the determination of the training encumbrance’’ (Kellis Spiros, 2014).
As you can understand, trainers use methods and systems that suits the needs of every occasion, both in personal and group level. The difference between the aforementioned is that personal trainers make this selection of methods or systems and plan the training in accordance to only one person. It’s the difference between a school class of mathematics with 15 students and a private after school lesson. It would be unreasonable to think that it’s a new method just because it’s private.
Now, regarding the ‘’age’’ of personal training, the truth is that is NOT something new. The private training of athletes and warriors (and of course all royalty members) was very common from the ancient times and it was created in order to cover the same needs that today’s societies have. The need for results with the fastest, safest and most efficient way was always present and the primary condition to achieve that is to create an environment with the ideal conditions for your athlete. These ‘’ideal conditions’’ come from the personalised design of the training sessions as well as its execution under constant supervision and guidance.
The benefits of private and personal treatment of one’s needs, in any aspect of life (education, medicine, sports etc.), have been recognized and applied for thousands of years. Personal training is only the extension of this private services, on the sports industry.