Have you ever asked the question, what can a personal trainer do for me and why should I hire one? What do personal trainers do?
According to ACSM “Certified Personal Trainers® are fitness professionals who develop and implement personalized exercise programs for individuals across a diverse set of health and fitness backgrounds, from professional athletes to individuals only recently cleared to exercise.”
According to the NSCA “NSCA-Certified Personal Trainers® (NSCA-CPT)® are health/fitness professionals who use an individualized approach to train clients for the primary goal of improving their personal health and fitness.”
In this industry, we have many different types of trainers such as there are many types of doctors and lawyers who specialize in certain areas. In general, you should ask yourself what you want out of your training and do your research before hiring a trainer. I wrote an article about this so it can help save you time and money.
It’s No Secret That You Don’t Need A Trainer To Exercise. So Why Do People Keep On Hiring Us?
There are many more examples of what we do and why you should consider hiring a trainer. I’m a fan of letting people know what to expect out of me as I want my profession to be taken seriously as any other profession in the health industry (technically we are in the fitness industry but some overlap). Being a consumer advocate and someone who believes in transparency, there are some trainers who do things when they shouldn’t be doing them. There are many times trainers over step what they can do legally (each state has different laws). If you are working with a trainer and you feel that they have over-stepped their boundaries, then you may have a legal case against them if you are injured due to the trainer performing a job that is outside their scope of practice. Here are some examples of jobs a trainer shouldn’t do
Here Is What A Trainer Can Do For You
Overall, trainers should be an integral part of a team of health professionals to make sure you receive the best outcomes for your goals. Being a trainer is an amazing job as we get to literally help “change lives” and bring people happiness. In some cases I think we can have an even bigger impact than health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, etc.) on a week to week basis because we see you more often which gives us more opportunities to help create change. This is part I of what we do. Part II is about the people! Opinions from everyday people on what they think trainers can do for them.
If you have more questions and want them answered, I’m in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. Give me a call or email me as I would love to point you in the right direction for your health and fitness needs.
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My name's Pedro Sun and I am a personal trainer in Mission Valley. I write these blogs to help teach you valuable lifestyle skills that will improve your quality of life.