The previous five detailed steps to hiring a fitness professional (parts 1 & part 2) skilled enough to help you achieve your fitness goals, conclude here with a few more important guidelines…

Step 6: Goal setting is a Must!

One of the major areas to success is your ability to set goals. Goals will help you keep focused weekly, monthly and yearly on the area that you want to improve. The fitness professional will help the client in preparing proper goals.

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There is a formula that is taught to clients during the assessment period for proper goal planning; it is called SMART goals. SMART goals is an acronym:

Specific: this the goal you want to achieve: weight loss, muscle mass growth, strength and conditioning, performance enhancement etc….

Measurable: this is how you are going to measure the gains: tape measure, METS, RPM, scale

Attainable: Are you motivated enough to achieve this goal?

Realistic: are the goal(s) reasonable to achieve; i.e. lose 1 pound/week, decrease running speed by 3 seconds in a 60 yard dash etc…

Time: what timeline is given to achieve each of your goals; i.e. 3 weeks, 6 months etc.

the fitness professional should take the time to go over each goal the client has and chart the goals in the SMART break down. The client and fitness professional should be held responsible to each other to staying on top of the goals and check them at an agreed interval of time. The fitness professional should make whatever adjustments necessary to the program for the client to be successful. 

Besides, you should aware of the reasons that hinder fitness goals.

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Step 7: Personal Training Customization is the Key to Success!

A competent fitness professional will be able to assess their client and formulate a progressive fitness program for client success. With a strong educational background, good experience, focusing on the current fitness/sports medicine research; a fitness professional should be able to customize a program that will target your goals but be progressively adaptable to you.

The first session should comprise of an initial fitness assessment/movement screen. The purpose of this is to allow the fitness professional to focus in on areas of strength, flexibility, balance, core conditioning and endurance each client has. The other major reason for starting with an initial assessment for all new clients is to determine the proper starting area the client needs to begin from.

Movement screens can range from: overhead squats, single leg squats, single leg balance, push-ups, planks, flexibility screens (sit and reach, active shoulder internal/external rotation, hands in the back pockets etc…) and walking on the treadmill with heart rate and blood pressure checks at 3-5 minute intervals.

After the initial assessment, personal health history, client goals assessment, movement screen is complete the fitness professional should take all of this information and synthesize it and create a customized fitness/strength & conditioning program.

The programme

• This customized program should incorporate all of the client’s strengths, weakness and goals that was gathered during the initial assessment process.

• The customized program should incorporate different types of exercises including machines, exercises using physio ball (also known as Gym Ball or Swiss Ball), balance based exercises including the use of bosus and balance disks, weights in form of dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands, kettlebells etc…

•The customized program should be easily modified to progress or digress exercises based on the clients’ abilities and days of difficulty.

A combination of different exercises on different days of training will distract the body from adapting to the training.

When the body is constantly challenged with different forms of resistance, balance, stabilization or movements; the result will be more calories burned and more lean muscle tissue built!

Most educated and competent fitness professionals do not adhere to fitness trends or fads or solely rely on only one piece of fitness equipment (i.e. TRX, Kettlebells, etc…) for during the training program. The fitness professional will have an eclectic background in different techniques and exercises. Stretching and flexibility training should be thoroughly integrated within the program.

The fitness professional should be able to teach proper stretching techniques to be used before, during and after training as well as at home or travel.

Beware of trainers that only use one piece of equipment, believe in only one school of thought for exercise training or does the same program continuously without changing it. This is a trap that uneducated trainers will put you into.

This is how most clients plateau for weeks and months without any noticeable gains and in some cases weight gain! Avoid any fitness professional that does not offer an initial assessment or movement screen. Most likely, the reason behind this is the trainer is not properly educated.

Hiring a fitness professional whois right for you can be the difference between wonderful success or frustration, lack of results and a serious waste of money!

Come back tomorrow for the concluding part of this in-depth and valuable guide to finding the best Personal Trainer for you!

You can easily revisit the steps here>>

Step 6: Goal setting is a Must!

Step 7: Personal Training Customization is the Key to Success!

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