I’m not the biggest fan of the term personal trainer because I think the general public have the wrong perception about what we actually do. People seem to have this idea that we are all gym rats and our job is to count how many reps people do and get paid for it.
This may indeed be true for a lot of trainers, especially some of the newly qualified ones and some of the trainers you might find living in your local gym or fitness club, but the truth is there are a lot of fitness professionals out there who do much more than just train people.
Only last week I was in my local gym (the one where I am just a member) and I had a look at the board where all the trainers have their pictures, qualifications and a little bit of a bio about themselves. One of the profiles was from a new trainer who had just joined the gym and according to his bio he specialised in https://www.klikdokter.com fat loss, sports conditioning, body sculpting, building muscle and lower back pain. For me that’s a lot of things to specialise in and the chances are that this guy isn’t really a specialist in any of them and more of a jack of all trades more like a GP rather than a brain surgeon. Given the choice if you needed brain surgery, would you go to the guy who just specialises in brain surgery or the guy who also specialises in heart surgery, orthopaedics and eye surgery as well. For me it’s the brain surgeon every time
When I started out as a trainer I made a conscious decision to learn as much about one subject as I could so that I could be the very best at it. This subject was fat loss and I found that this also happened to be an area where lots of people need lots of help, especially with the amount of conflicting evidence there is around at the minute on what works and what doesn’t. I didn’t always get results with my clients in the beginning but the more I learned the better results I got.
The deeper I got into the subject I realised that this was just not about a) training people and b) telling them to eat less. There was far more to it. In fact I’m still learning things every day about the subject as I read a new book or talk to fellow fitness professionals.
This is why as a health and fitness professional, personal trainer or weight loss coach it is important to try and deal with all of the issues that stops someone from losing weight. For me the most important one for these is mindset and belief systems. I believe for example that most people know what foods are healthy and what are not but that they chose to eat unhealthy foods. The first part of my job is to work out why that is and why the individual is not motivated for whatever reason to eat healthier or do some exercise or cut down on whatever it is that is stopping them from losing weight.