Could a personal trainer be the answer?
Lack of motivation is only one of many signs it could be time to call a personal trainer to help you with your fitness.
If you’ve been ‘going to’ start a fitness routine for eons, but appear to be more of a ‘gunner’ than a ‘doer’, then engaging a personal trainer could be just the success strategy you need.
Personal trainer Craig Bone
says there are a number of important ways a personal trainer can help.
1. To manage injuries and medical issues
“A personal trainer can help with motivation and adjusting your workout to suit your fitness level, but we can also work with any limitations or injuries a client has,” Bone explains.
“We will talk to your doctor or health practitioner, too. For example, I get a lot of people with shoulder injuries, so I speak to their physiotherapist about their recommended rehabilitation exercises.”
A personal trainer can also help you achieve goals set by your GP, such as reducing your blood pressure or lowering your cholesterol levels.
2. To develop health prevention strategies
In a similar way, a client with heart disease or diabetes in the family can discuss this with a personal trainer with a view to improving their health and fitness to help lower their risk factors.
“As personal trainers, we are interested in all aspects of health. We often work with people as a preventive health measure; for example, we assist clients to do certain exercises to help increase their bone density to help prevent osteoporosis.”
3. To meet a specific goal
“We work with people who want to take the next step in their fitness but don’t know how to get there,” says Bone.
For example, trainers help clients build stamina and technique ahead of a special event such as running a half marathon or taking a holiday trek.
“I’ve also trained people wanting to pass a fitness test for a job such as joining the police service.”
Working with women throughout their pregnancy and post birth to find exercises to suit the changing needs of their bodies is another specific need trainers happily encounter.
“And we work with people starting an exercise routine for the first time to ensure they develop the right techniques, as well as with experienced people who want to accelerate their results.”
4. To achieve some ‘me’ time
“A lot of my clients are always running around after their families and need to engage a personal trainer to find time for themselves,” Bone says.
“They block out two hours from their week as a way of doing something positive for themselves instead of only focusing on helping everyone else.”
5. To answer your questions
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So, whatever your goal, Bone says the way to maximise the benefit of working with a personal trainer is to be willing to ask questions and voice concerns.
He says people should feel free to ask a trainer about his or her qualifications and insurance cover. In addition to standard qualifications such as a Diploma of Fitness, many personal trainers have additional knowledge, such as a certificate in working with older people.
“Personal trainers try to personalise all aspects of the service they provide. I know with my clients, I let them know I am available 24/7 to answer questions or discuss any concern they have.”