Day in the Life of a Personal Trainer
The main responsibilities of a personal trainer are to instruct and motivate individual or group participants during exercise activities. Such activities may include strength training, stretching and cardiovascular exercise. Like most careers in the health and wellness sector, a personal trainer has the option to choose their preferred work setting. Types of entities that employ personal trainers include:
- Country clubs
- Health clubs
- Pilates and Yoga studios
- Client homes
- Corporate workplaces
Because of the vast amount of variety prevalent in the various types of physical activities, a personal trainer normally chooses to specialize in selected areas like weightlifting, cardiovascular exercise, yoga and karate among several others.
While a lot of professionals are widely regarded as personal trainers, many have additional duties as well as varying job titles:
Personal trainers give individual attention to their clients, work at their client’s homes or in gyms, assess the level of fitness for their clients, set fitness objectives for clients, illustrate new and different techniques and help clients learn them, monitor the progress of their clients and give healthy advice on lifestyle changes.
Group exercise instructors: they instruct aerobic exercise classes in, stretching and muscle conditioning, choosing and mixing the music that’s used during exercise routines, choreography exercise sequences, demonstrating positions and moves, observing and correcting student movements as well as making classes more motivating, challenging and safe for students without making them too difficult.
Fitness directors: these manage fitness centers of health clubs, supervise and create fitness programs such as orientations for new members, perform fitness assessments as well as workout incentive programs, select the right fitness equipment, coordinate group and personal training workout programs, and hire, train and supervisor staff members in addition to performing administrative duties.
Normally, the more advanced a job title, such as the supervisor, the less time spent participating in physical activities, but the more spent in office settings. However, for those more passionate about physical exercise, working as an entry level trainer will be a great place to start.
There are some misconceptions about what a day in the life of a personal trainer is like. People who’ve never used a trainer before may perceive trainers to be meatheads who simply make people lift things and put them down again. However for those for who’ve spent with good trainers, they know how much of world changers they are.
A career as a personal trainer can be very exciting and rewarding, especially if you are enthusiastic about fitness training and helping others get in their best shapes. You also need to know the best types of foods to eat and recommend to your trainees. You also need to be in a position to advise them on lifestyle changes and above all have a passion for people.
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