What Distinguishes a Personal Trainer:
Professional personal trainers are exercise specialists who approach their clients as they are and respond appropriately to their needs. Together they define goals and create customized training plans. Personal trainers guide, motivate and support their clients during their sessions in order to reach personalized fitness goals.
Whether the customized training sessions take place outdoors, in a fitness center, at the office or at home, the personal trainer makes sure that their clients train in a healthy, effective and motivated manner.
The quality requirements for effective personal training are high. In order to fulfil these, the personal trainer needs a sound education and must complete regular continuing education. Their profile includes experience and in-depth knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and exercise science, as well as in nutritional science. They know how to plan and carry out cycled exercise sessions in order to reach the client’s goals. Personal trainers are also strongly socially competent: they know how to respond to their clients and, if necessary, how to encourage them.
The following points explain the differences between a qualified personal trainer and an amateur:
- The personal trainer is a member of the SPTV, the organization that sets quality standards
- The personal trainer conducts an evaluation before starting the exercise sessions. They ask about the client’s goals and personal motivation in order to create an accurate picture of the client’s health and fitness. This information is recorded in written form.
- The personal trainer is currently certified for BLS/AED (basic life support).
- As a self-employed person, the personal trainer issues invoices for their services or issues a receipt for cash payments.
- The self-employed personal trainer has a professional appearance with, for example, a website, business cards, or personalized stationery.
This distinguishes a competent personal trainer:
- They open new horizons to the client from enriching exercise sessions that are fun.
- They promote and challenge the client but not to complete exhaustion.
- They do far more than just count the number of steps taken on the treadmill: as a coach they stand side by side with their clients to help them reach their goals.
- They are bound to a code of ethics: as a confidant, they are discreet, on time and careful regarding the client’s health.
- They maintain a constant client base.