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Should I get a personal trainer?

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If you are asking yourself  ‘should I get a personal trainer to teach me how to do sit ups’, then you’ll probably say no it isn’t worth it, although one to one training could get you motivated and help you reach your fitness goals. Not only the celebrities or millionaires can afford them, most of us can afford it believe it or not.

As we leave the winter behind we are looking forward to hot, long drawn out summer days, but are our bodies ready for it? Mine certainly isn’t! You could follow the likes of singer Nicole Scherzinger and actress Gwyneth Paltrow and hire a personal trainer to get you into shape for summer if you are lacking motivation.

History of personal training:

Personal training is one-to-one fitness sessions, these one-to-one sessions actually began in post-war times for athletes, but years later it came to Australia, South Africa and the USA and was offered to non-athletes. In the 1980’s fitness centres were popping up all over the globe like tents in a camping field and fitness trainers were paid to visit the homes of wealthy people. Now days anyone can hire a personal trainer to combat embarrassing sweaty outbreaks and exercise where they choose to keep fit.

What is a personal trainer?

A personal trainer can be a male or female sports coach and/or exercise instructor with qualifications in exercise programming, diet and weight management and so on. They should only practice in the fields of exercise where they are qualified. The difference between a personal trainer and a basic instructor is their ability to carry out safe and effective exercises for specific health problems (such as osteoporosis).

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What to expect from your first personal training session:

Your initial consultation will be to find a safe and realistic fitness regime that is tailored to you and your needs. When your personal trainer has established your fitness levels and goals they will strive to help you meet short and long-term goals. A professional personal trainer will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and lung capacity. Make sure that you tell them of any concerns or health problems you have before you start, this is for your own safety.

How to choose a personal trainer:

Thanks to the law in the UK anyone can call themselves a personal trainer, when in fact they may not be trained properly. The wrong nutritional information and fitness can hinder your targets and could be dangerous. Ask about your trainer’s qualifications and look for the following anagrams to prove they are qualified:

(1) A.P.T – Association of Personal Trainers

(2) P.T.Dip – Personal Training Diploma

(3) F.T.S.T – Fitness Training Sports Therapy Diploma

Your personal trainer should have a first aid and CPR certificate plus the appropriate public liability insurance.





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