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Who is the personal trainer?

Personal trainer is a profession that is well established. It is therefore possible to identify what are the main characteristics delineating this job. I believe, of course, that the personal trainers should have at least a bachelor’s degree in sport science, after which they should have specialized in those motor and sports activities that they intend to teach their clients. The time when a bodybuilder or a person with only years of experience in the gym or on athletic fields claims to be a personal trainer should be over.

The following are the 10 main characteristics that they should demonstrate to do this work. Some relate to one’s lifestyle, some to specific knowledge and skills, and some to psychological and organizational dimensions.

  1. Physical appearance
  2. Healthy habits
  3. Knowledge of scientific data and their practical implications
  4. Skills for working with a specific population
  5. Communication and leadership skills
  6. Motivational skills
  7. Organizational and administrative skills
  8. Skills in providing a training program tailored to the needs of clients
  9. Skills in leading sessions
  10. Cognitive and emotional mental skills

Are you fighting with your body

Wanting to change in order to feel more beautiful and more attractive is a legitimate need of every individual. In everyday life, putting on makeup or shaving are activities carried out by hundreds of millions of people who testify to the desire to take care of themselves. Not doing so would, on the contrary, lead to an unpleasant perception of oneself. Therefore, the search for beauty consists in taking actions to like oneself more, avoiding or at least significantly reducing conflicts with one’s body. What is the limit beyond which the attention to one’s own person becomes excessive if not even pathological? Here is a short list of what not to do:

  1. Do not eat because you want to look like a model
  2. Do not take medications or carry out treatments of any kind to reduce weight outside of medical supervision
  3. Do not abuse drugs or doping substances to improve your physical performance
  4. Do not rely on charlatans, individuals without an appropriate qualification to perform the activity in which they claim to be experts
  5. Do not trust the opinions of those who say they have obtained exceptional results, always verify this information with competent people
  6. Do not kill yourself with physical training just to “make a physical beach”. You can get very hurt and injured.
  7. Dislike yourself because you have a physique that is not perfect and not be aware of your qualities.
  8. Do not go from one diet to another, from one instructor to another, from one doctor to another, or from one idea to another just because you are not happy with the results you have achieved
  9. Don’t do what your best friend/friend did is not necessarily going to work for you or match your needs.
  10. In summary, do not decide with the head of others, listen to them and then reflect, talk to experienced professionals, reflect again and only at the end of this path decide and if you are not convinced: wait, taking more time before deciding.

What do we learn from CR7 and Ibrahimovic?

The championship of the totems, writes today Maurizio Crosetti on Repubblica. They are CR7 and Ibrahimovic, respectively 36 and 39 years old, dragging Juventus and Milan despite their age.

They are not the only ones, Tom Brady is 43, LeBron James 36, Federer 39 to name but a few.

Why continue to talk about them, everything has already been said.

Yes, they are champions, but they have something to teach everyone, and that is besides their talent and winning mindset, they tell us that the secret of their long sporting life is in the continuous search for physical fitness, to take care of themselves at 360 degrees.

A question: How many non-sportspeople, i.e. the majority of the population, have ever stopped to reflect on the fact that personal well-being is largely based on physical fitness?

Personal trainer’s mistakes

As a personal trainer, which of these mistakes do you make most often?

Narcissist - He pleased to talk to the client, he uses the charm he feels gifted to bewitch. He puts a lot of emphasis on speaking and choosing words, often difficult or for experts.

Aggressive -  She expresses herself by assuming that she is right and it is obvious the customer must become a member, because the proposed method is infallible. Speak in sentences and exclamation points

Funny - He is more at ease if he establishes from the beginning a friendly relationship with the customer, uses jokes to arouse hilarity, wants to be sure about the success of the customer by making the proposal elementary

Scientist - She wants to convince with objective data of the results. Not interested in understanding the client’s motives and goals. She is self-confident and proves it with documented arguments

Guru – He believes this system as the Fitness Revolution of which he is the master who introduces the student to a new dimension of life

Personal trainer’s skills

The personal trainer is now a professional figure well established in the world of fitness and promotion of active living. It is a different role from the coach and requires the development of specific skills that can be summarized as follows.

Social and Communication – You’ll be dealing with a wide variety of people. Purpose: to get the most out of each individual. Use your social skills. Cheerful and extrovert, so customers warm up quickly. Simple and precise, to persuade to follow session

Empathy - Each client comes from different backgrounds, faces challenges and lives different limits, physical and mental, to become physically fit. Connect personally with these challenges by listening to them and understanding their feelings. Watch the life through their eyes, understand their goals. Show genuine interest in them

Motivation and leadership - One of the main tasks is to provide reasons for motivation. You must be able to teach to be motivated. Important is the ability to motivate yourself every day and push you beyond your limits.

Planning & Organization - Work with many different customers. You need organization and planning to draw up unique plans, maintain awareness of the goals achieved and proceed.

Professionalism - Competence in proposing a training program. Professionalism is evident in dress and language. Friendly and sincere in the relationships with customers, be fit in order to demonstrate that you practice what you preach with great benefit on your body and mind

Worldwide fitness trends for 2019

Top ten fitness trends for 2019

  1. Wearable Technology. Wearable technology includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices.
  2. Group Training. Group exercise instructors teach, lead, and motivate individuals through intentionally designed, larger, in-person group movement classes (more than five participants, or it would be group personal training).
  3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). These exercise programs typically involve short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest.
  4. Fitness Programs for Older Adults. This is a trend that emphasizes and caters to the fitness needs of the Baby Boom and older generations. These individuals in general have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts, and fitness clubs may capitalize on this growing market.
  5. Bodyweight Training. A combination of variable resistance bodyweight training and neuromotor movements using multiple planes of movement, this program is all about using bodyweight as the training modality.
  6. Employing Certified Fitness Professionals. The importance of hiring certified health/fitness professionals through educational programs and certification programs that are fully accredited for health/fitness professionals is more important than ever.
  7. Yoga. Yoga has taken on a variety of forms within the past year (including Power Yoga, Yogilates, yoga in hot environments, and others).
  8. Personal Training. This trend continues as the profession of personal training becomes more accessible online, in health clubs, in the home, and in worksites that have fitness facilities. Personal training includes fitness testing and goal setting with the trainer working one on one with a client to prescribe workouts specific to each client’s individual needs and goals.
  9. Functional Fitness Training. This is a trend toward using strength training and other activities/movements to improve balance, coordination, strength, and endurance to improve activities of daily living.
  10. Exercise is Medicine. Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health initiative that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity assessment and associated treatment recommendations as part of every patient visit, and referring their patients to exercise professionals. In addition, EIM recognizes fitness professionals as part of the health care team in their local communities.

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