What is Personal Training?
Having a Personal Trainer can be likened to going to the hairdresser, doctor or lawyer – you are engaging the services of a professional who can advise, listen and help you reach your goals better, easier or faster. We go to the hairdresser to keep our hair tidy or in a particular style, and this is a regular appointment we keep in our diary. It may be every week or once a month – it really is a personal choice.
The same goes for PT – everyone’s needs are different. Seeing a PT provides motivation for some clients to go to the gym and follow a structured programme, while for others it is to train for a specific event under the guidance of a professional.
Many of us train without really knowing what we are doing or why we are doing it. Following a personalised, specific programme and changing it on a regular basis is the best way to achieve goals, regardless of whether the goal is to stay generally fit and healthy or to climb Mount Everest!
During a session with a PT you will do your fitness programme under the guidance and supervision of the PT. They are there to encourage, motivate, ensure correct technique and safety and to make sure you enjoy your workouts as much as possible.
Who uses a Personal Trainer?
Many types of people train under the guidance of a PT, from the beginner to the elite athlete.
For someone who is new to exercise, seeing a PT is a great way to safely begin an exercise programme. Your PT will prescribe the appropriate training schedule and supervise your workouts so you make the best progress possible and achieve the results you want.
For those who are training for a specific event or sport, a PT will save you time and effort that may be wasted by following the wrong exercise programme.
How often should I see my trainer?
This is up to you. You may wish to have a PT session three times a week, or just meet with your PT monthly for a programme review and catch up.
Frequency is a personal choice but may also be dictated by the type of training you are doing and how familiar and confident you are with the equipment you are using.
How much does it cost to see a trainer?
This varies from PT to PT, and from gym to gym, but here at World Fitness Centre an average price is $45.00 for a one hour session. Often an initial consultation will be at no charge and a discount may be offered for bulk purchases, e.g. 10 session blocks.
Your trainer will give you a training diary and programme folder to keep track of your training sessions and results, plus handy tips and advice about your training. A PT will also help you set realistic goals and dispel any myths or misconceptions you may have about exercise.