What is a personal trainer?
A personal trainer, also commonly referred to as PT, is a certified individual who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design and instruct safe and effective exercise programmes, and delivers one-to-one training.
Personal trainers help their clients to achieve their health and fitness goals, such as weight loss, fat loss, and improved sports performance by prescribing and instructing bespoke training programmes tailored to the individual’s goals.
Benefits of personal training
There are a number of benefits of personal training. These include:
- Teaching you the correct form: A personal trainer will be able to teach and guide you on how to perform exercises correctly and safely. If you’re new to the gym or new to lifting weights, learning how to perform exercises can be particularly beneficial. Having good technique is an important foundation everyone should build to avoid the risk of injury, recruit the targeted muscles properly, and to maximize your progress, with or without your trainer.
- Hold an objective eye: When working out alone, you can’t always tell if you need to adjust your posture, position, or range of movement. Personal trainers can help you with this by monitoring your form during your training, and correct you if necessary. This will help you to avoid the risk of injury and ensure that you are recruiting the target muscles properly and optimizing your workout.
- Provide you with a wealth of knowledge: Personal trainers will have a wealth of knowledge and experience in prescribing and instructing exercise. They will also be able to help you address lifestyle changes you can make to optimize your health. It is in their best interest to help you achieve your fitness goals, and part of their job is to stay up to date with industry trends and training methods which will save you time from doing all the research to achieve fitness success.