How do you become a cut above the rest?
So you’ve passed your Personal Trainer course! Now let’s take a look at a few simple steps which you can take in order to be better than the other personal trainers; First and foremost do your homework research current trends, theories, experiment and participate in other classes, attend short workshops.
As we all are aware trends come and go quickly within the health and fitness industry naturally it is always sensible examine the results which these new trends are trying to accomplish. You then really need to ask yourself whether this particular ‘latest trend’ course or workshop will enhance you, your training sessions and most importantly benefit your clients and your pocket. It is worth considering whether or not this is yet another money spinner course, trend or workshop designed by one of the larger fitness companies?
At the next stage you should be thinking practically, study the trend, course or workshop as a business investment and you should take into account a few of the following considerations before enrolling and parting with your hard earned cash; is the trend or course actually relevant and necessary for my own personal growth? Is there additional equipment which you have to purchase, is it portable, light weight and easily assembled, be realistic, it’s not all about keeping up with the Jones’s. Finally, is this particular trend, course or workshop going to enhance your training programmes and knowledge? And of course everyone likes a bargain, Is it value for money and when can you expect a return on your investment?
There are literally hundreds useful workshops and courses some of which are super expensive and of course, some which are not. It is always advisable to attend REP’s recognised workshops or course, remember to research the company delivering the course or workshop. You are able gain valuable insight from the level of professionalism received from the company after making the enquiry phone call and or by viewing their website, always ensure that you read the course/workshop reviews.
When attending fitness classes out of common courtesy, you should inform the instructor that you too are an instructor/PT so as not to intimidate or make the instructor feel too uncomfortable. I believe that you can learn a good deal by simply ‘turning up’, take into account the instructors/PT style and personality, communication skills, delivery and exercise content and relevance. Even if you do not actually learn any new exercises, techniques or delivery and teaching points or if it was the worst class which you ever attended you are nearly always able to gauge or appreciate your own skill set and adjust and develop accordingly. This is always such a valuable lesson in so many ways
The internet is now a days is one the most popular methods for research but it can be a bit of a mine field out there so where do you start? For me I hold memberships with some of the ‘popular’ and trusted fitness professional websites which are available for example, ptonthenet, reps and of course beabetteryou.com. I have found that it’s useful to look at medical websites too to assist with knowledge in the latest medical theories and practises. Chat rooms are sometimes constructive but unfortunately you can never be too sure of the validation of some of the comments and suggestions. The same can be said for websites such as youtube and our channel http://www.youtube.com/user/BeABetterY0U/videos?view=0, be mind for as some of the exercises can be controversial and not demonstrated by qualified individuals. Another useful method for research is that old fashioned one called reading a book!
Okay so now you have gathered all your information from the various sources, attended the latest ‘trendy’ course/workshop after that you need to experiment! Try the exercises several times over the course of a few weeks, really understand the execution and the delivery, how the exercise made you feel, which muscles were used, which were sore and whether indeed the exercise are effective. This will not only help build your confidence as a trainer but enable you to empathise with your client easily, as remember you too have felt the pain and benefits? Try not to bring into play the exercises or equipment if you are not completely confident and introduce the new exercises gradually into your clients training regime.
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