What is a Personal Trainer?

A qualified personal trainer has received certification from an accredited institution such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Personal trainers have a varying degree of knowledge on fitness, diet, and instruction. They are usually CPR and/or AED (automated external defibrillator) certified plus have passed some type of examination. If you are at a loss as to where to start when it comes to developing an exercise program, contacting a personal trainer can be a great place to start.

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Discuss Needs and Objectives

A personal trainer will work with you to figure out what it is you want out of fitness training. Common objectives are to gain strength, lose weight, increase flexibility, improve cardiovascular health, and so on.

Assess Current Fitness Level

Once your objective has been identified in order to figure out where to start with a program it is important to determine your current fitness state. During this step it is wise to discuss any health risks, medical conditions, constraints, discomfort, and weaknesses. It is also a good idea to take body measurements including height and weight for progress tracking purposes. During this time the personal trainer will likely put you through strength and endurance tests to gauge your fitness level.

Set Fitness Goals

Now it is time to get more specific with your objectives and come up with your long-term and short-term goals. Short-term goals are measurable and attainable within a week or two such as losing X amount of pounds or lifting Y amount of weight. Long-term goals are where you want to be in 6 months, or a year, or even more.

Picture the goals like this, your long-term goal is to climb 20 flights of stairs.


For most people completing this the first day is out of the question. What you want to do is take it one step at a time. Each week aim to make it one flight higher than the previous week. This short-term goal will be gratifying and keep you motivated to press on until you are eventually able to climb 20 flights of stairs without stopping.

Make a Fitness Plan

Next, a personal trainer will help you with a personalized fitness plan to achieve your goals. This will be some kind of training (yoga, cardio, weights, etc.) and diet mix catered to the results you are after.

Demonstrate Proper Technique

Finally, your personal trainer will show you how to properly perform the exercises you will be incorporating in your fitness plan. This step is very important for avoiding injury and maximizing effectiveness. Don’t be afraid to express any concerns you have with the chosen workouts, better safe than sorry is always a good approach.

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