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This is what You need to know to become a Personal Trainer

This is what You need to know to become a Personal Trainer

Being a personal trainer is not an easy task. People who look from the outside might think that this is not a profession, just an activity that looks pretty easy and that can make you rich right away. Without a doubt, they’re wrong. Being a professional personal trainer means that you are qualified and that you have the experience needed to spread your knowledge and the teaching ability required to help and instruct others.

A simple training session might look easy, but the reality is that a good exercise session takes hours of work behind the scenes (you know, planning the exercises and moves, setting a routine based on each client’s needs, and determining each client’s goals).

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Therefore, if you want to become a professional personal trainer you must know that you are going to have to dedicate a lot of work, time and effort first. Some time ago, personal trainers were relatively casual workers in an informal profession, and almost everybody who wanted to become one of them could reach that goal. Today, everything is different. Being a personal trainer requires professional training, accreditation, and industry recognition.

Here are a few things you should consider if you want to become a personal trainer:

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1. Be a leader

This is essential: personal trainers must have leadership skills because a good coach needs to be a leader during a training session. A personal trainer is responsible for providing motivation and encouragement to clients and for being a model of a balanced and healthy life. Certainly, people prefer those trainers who are not passive or quiet.

Remember to develop and build your leadership qualities while working toward your career as a personal trainer, since being a personal trainer is all about leading your clients towards optimal health and fitness.

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2. Have a healthy life and show it

This aspect is important because personal trainers become models for society, and you and your lifestyle are always in full view of your clients and other people. A good example of this is that you cannot effectively motivate people to lose weight and put effort on their exercise routines when layers of fat are progressively accumulating on your own belly. You cannot train and motivate others to live healthier if you show the opposite behaviors in your own lifestyle. Let your customers see the value of following your training by showing them your own health and fitness. They will then see progressive results in their own lives.

Remember that being healthy is the most important starting point if you want to be a fitness role model. You can then help others to reach that level of wellness.

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3. Be patient and tolerant

Have you ever worked in customer service? Well, you will need those same skills while working as a personal trainer. Every client has different body type, so what works for one client might not necessarily work for another client. You will probably find clients with different personalities and people who act and react very differently while working out or receiving orders from you. Being a personal trainer is all about working with your clients from their own starting points while you lead them clients towards optimal health and fitness.

In conclusion, we have highlighted the most significant qualities that will underscore your value as a personal trainer. Whether you are looking for a personal trainer and thus needs to know how to select one, or you are interested in becoming a competitive and reliable personal trainer yourself, these values personify the fundamental essence of a professional personal trainer. Cultivate these values, build them, and inculcate them into your practice, and they will actualize your success in the future. In what is rapidly becoming a critical industry for a digitalized information-driven world, you need to be “the” and not just “a” personal trainer. In more ways than one, professional personal training is now redefining the pursuit of fitness and health for the globalized community, and luckily, becoming part of this trend will provide a commensurate economic and social reward.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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