Many adults hire personal trainers to help them with their fitness program. There are many types of personal trainers. Body transformations, weight loss, strength training, cardiovascular fitness and endurance and general fitness. All of these might be different goals. One of the challenges that all personal trainer’s face, when they get an adult client, is that adults have body imbalances, injuries and move with pain. The first goal of an educated personal trainer is to get the client out of pain. Rehabilitate all their imbalances and injuries. This is where the deficit lies in many personal trainers. They don’t have enough experience and education to rehabilitate the client. What they do is they just start a program tailored to the client’s needs or goals. This is not enough because as the client progresses. Their body distortions, imbalances, and injuries will prevent them from making further progress. The important factor is to have a personal trainer who is not only experienced in corrective exercise but also in physical rehabilitation, muscle testing, and any kind of scope that will help the client move without pain.
In my practice. Every personal training session is an assessment in itself. As I start to warm up my client and progress to a higher intensity. I always catch some form of in balance or incorrect movement. This is where I stop the session and correct the problem. There is not one workout session that I don’t have to do this. Because of many adults even if they have a lifetime of exercise experience have tremendous imbalances in their bodies. Just letting the client continue with bad form and technique is an injustice to them.
Here are three simple steps every trainer could take into account if they want to keep a client healthy.
- Assess their muscle imbalances, postural distortions, and movement patterns. Find out what’s loose and weak and strengthen it. Find out what’s tight and inactive and activated and loosen it.
- If the client is having a problem with a specific exercise. Either modify the exercise or stop and give them a new one. This is not about ego-you having them do things they cannot do. I see many trainers just watching clients doing exercises wrong and letting them get away with it. Were just a quick simple fix would be to show them how to do the exercise and talk them through it. That’s our job.
- Explaining to the client why they are doing the exercise that they are doing is very important. Many personal fitness trainers just explain the movement just once. Then they expect the client to get it right the first time. In the workouts ahead, they just mentioned the name of the exercise and expect the client to get it right. The proper way is that each time after you name the exercise. Go over a few points of how to do the exercise correctly. Then talk them through every rep meticulously as they perform it. Correcting them, encouraging them along the way. A good trainer knows how to coach a client through a specific exercise no matter how novice the client is. The trainer can get them to do it correctly with patience and proper coaching.
As a personal fitness trainer who works with his clients at home in the Boca Raton area. I’m very passionate, dedicated to helping my clients reach their fitness goals. Helping them in every personal training session by showing them how to do the exercise correctly. Focusing in on technique and correct form. Helping them with their postural imbalances. The final result is they reach their fitness goals safely.