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The public perception of personal training is often very far from the modern reality. Believe it or not, it is also a lot more financially viable to have a personal trainer than you might expect.

While most people still think of celebrity personal training, and the more glamorous end of the business, the reality is that it has become an increasingly well regulated field, with our highly qualified team offering a range of more technical services far removed from the public image of dumbbells and sweat.

Designing a Programme | Biomechanical Assessment | Our Specialist Training | Back Conditions | Diabetes

Obesity | Physical Rehabilitation | Pre & Post Natal

Personal Training Encompasses Areas Including :

  • Biomechanical Assessment

  • Programme Design

  • Body Shape Change ( weight loss/ Bulking up)

  • Medical / Physical Rehabilitation

However, what these have in common with all areas of personal training is that they involve a basic process of meeting with you, assessing your needs, and designing a programme to help you meet your goals.

What we have available today is an increasingly sophisticated range of options to offer our clients, and a far greater range of people seeking our services.

Clients now include all age groups, including children, plus those with a wide range of specialist needs. What this means is that those working in the field have to train and seek qualification in specialist areas, allowing them to better meet the needs of their clients.

At the same time, the old skills, such as establishing rapport with clients, remain as important as ever - perhaps even more so in an increasingly competitive environment.

By focusing on the basics, such as excellent customer service, while simultaneously embracing new skills and training, we can ensure that we meet the customers' needs and expectations.

Designing a Programme

 

At the heart of the work a personal trainer does with a client, programme design is the key to effective workouts, and essential if clients are to meet their goals.

Programme design means that each individual client gets a workout plan that is specifically tailored for them. The problem so many people encounter when joining a gym or health club is that they are given the same off the shelf workout plan as everyone else, with no account made for their individual needs.

Good programme design must include various factors including:

  • The client's goals: What type of workouts your client can do, will be largely shaped by their needs. Are they looking to lose weight, rehabilitate an injury, or train for a marathon? Programme design must be first and foremost built around the goal.
  • Client history: Clients arrive with a history that can include previous injuries, current illnesses or conditions, and also a possible background in sports or exercise. Thus a pregnant woman needs different considerations from an ex-footballer with a history of knee injuries.
  • Client Motivation: Although you might assume that anyone coming to a personal trainer has a certain degree of motivation, it will vary widely. While some clients will be highly motivated and will happily work out five days per week, others might be there simply because they have to - losing weight for health reasons, for example. They will thus be looking to do the minimum possible.
  • The client's likes and dislikes: Finally, you need to consider what your client likes.  The more your clients enjoy their sessions, the more likely they are to stick with a training plan.

Biomechanical Assessment

Our personal trainers can use the information from a Biomechanical Assessment to inform the training plan that they will prescribe a client. A complete Biomechanical Assessment will involve a complex evaluation of all parts of the structure, alignment and function of the feet, ankles, legs, thighs, hips and lower back. This will include assessing the feet, legs and body position whilst weight-bearing and non weight-bearing.

The Biomechanical Assessment will include an evaluation of various areas including:

  • Muscle strength
  • Range-of-motion at the joints
  • The angular relationships of the segments of the foot and leg

We take walking and running for granted, and when everything is working fine, there's no reason not to. But when one or more components of this chain become misaligned or functions abnormally, the other parts of the musculoskeletal system find ways to compensate.

Our Biomechanical Assessment can help to identify any aspects of biomechanical abnormality - from this information, appropriate remedies can be developed. Steps of a Biomechanical Assessment will include:

  • Measurements of your forefoot, mid-foot, rearfoot and ankle joints.
  • Measurements of your ankle bones, and leg rotation (internal & external)
  • A standing evaluation of your shoulders, upper back, middle back, lower back and pelvis position.
  • An evaluation of your movement and gait while walking or running on a treadmill - this is often videoed, from various vantage points, e.g., the front, the side, and the back.

Once the information is all gathered and the evaluation completed, we can design an appropriate rehabilitation programme that will correct imbalances in muscle strength or flexibility. Alternatively, if there is a mechanical problem, an orthotic can be prescribed.

 

Our Specialist Training

Our  personal training is  more likely to include working with the types of conditions most prevalent in society. Areas to consider are specialist personal training that involves working with:

  • Back conditions
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac related
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Pre/post natal training...... to name just a few

What all of these reflect is the growing understanding of the positive impact that exercise can have on each of these conditions. Of course, while as exercise professionals we would prefer to be doing more preventative work, the reality is that we often have to work with people once they have already reached a critical point.

We have considerable experience in these areas and have numerous referral programmes in place with specialists to assist clients back into everyday movement and fitness recovery.

Back Conditions

It is estimated that anywhere from 60% to 80% of people will experience some form of low back pain during their life, but while only 1% to 2% of patients require surgery, around 5% to 10% eventually develop chronic low back pain - these are the people you will be able to help the most.

In addition, statistics show that back pain is the:

  • Second leading reason for doctor's visits in the U.S.
  • Third most common reason for surgical procedures
  • Fifth most common reason for hospital admissions.
  • Most frequent cause of disability for those under 45 years of age

Our personal training will help back conditions can deal with areas such as poor posture, weak or imbalanced low back muscles, and overall core conditioning.

Poor posture can develop in a number of ways, and can lead to conditions such as Lordosis. Although this is traditionally found in the elderly, it is now increasingly being diagnosed in teenagers. Contributing factors can include factors such as sitting at a desk or in a car for hours every day.

Assessing these clients will typically reveal weak stomach and back muscles, sometimes even exacerbated by incorrect exercise technique. A program can then be developed that includes core strengthening exercises, flexibility stretches and conditioning work, all designed to improve the posture, relieve the strain on the low back, and reduce or eliminate the pain.

Diabetes

A growing area of specialization, combining personal training and diabetes is currently  a large growth area for us.  There are currently around 2 million diabetes sufferers in the UK, representing almost 3% of the population.

In addition, experts estimate that there are a further million undiagnosed cases in the UK. The demand on the NHS is huge, consuming almost 10% of the total budget, so anything that can be done to reduce patients' dependence on medication is to be welcomed.

That's where personal training and diabetes comes in. Research has shown that regular exercise can reduce the demand for medication by 20% in diabetics, and dramatically reduce the symptoms. Benefits include:

  • Control of blood glucose levels: Regular exercise helps to reduce blood glucose levels, and also decreases insulin resistance. Research has indicated that physical activity actually increases the insulin receptors in the red blood cells, helping to keep average blood glucose levels normal.The discipline of checking blood glucose levels before and after a workout can be a motivator to continue the exercise regimen.
  • Improved cardiovascular function: Other life threatening diseases typically go hand in hand with diabetes, including cardiovascular diseases such as hardening of arteries, heart attack, and stroke. An exercise program can help to lower blood pressure, reduce levels of "bad cholesterol" (LDL), and increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
  • Weight control: Exercise helps obese or overweight clients to lose weight, another key factor in controlling type II diabetes.

Obesity

It's a sad reflection of modern lifestyles that personal training and obesity often go hand in hand. As the field increasingly mirrors the trends in modern society, this is something that all health professionals need to be prepared to deal with.

There is little doubt that we are in the midst of an epidemic caused by sedentary lifestyles and poor dietary choices. It is estimated that almost 25% of UK adults are now obese, with a further 40% overweight - in fact, those who are not either overweight or obese are now in the minority!

Thus it makes perfect sense that personal training and obesity would go together. When people seek the services of an exercise professional, losing weight is often high on their list of priorities. For professionals working in personal training and obesity, the challenge, however, is not simply to devise a program that will help people lose weight, but to come up with something that they will actually stick with.

Any good exercise professional should be able to devise a program that burns body fat - the problem is that by the time people have gained enough weight to be considered obese (technically defined as a BMI of 30 or above), they have developed a range of habits that are supporting their weight gain.

Simply telling them to exercise more is usually not going to wash. The skilled practitioner has to address a culture or mindset in which sedentary activities are the norm, exercise is considered a form of torture, and overeating and poor food choices are part of everyday life.

To operate in a vacuum in which you assume that simply having someone do a designated workout three times a week will solve all their problems is naive, and likely to lead to failure.

Physical Rehabilitation

Using personal training for physical rehabilitation is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that you recover effectively from an injury, illness, or surgery.

Most people don't fully rehabilitate after an injury, illness or surgery, meaning that they don't recover full function to the affected area. However, using personal training for physical rehabilitation ensures that your recovery is as complete as possible.

Without engaging in personal training for physical rehabilitation you run the risk of never fully recovering from the problem you have experienced. That can result in:

  • Reduced strength
  • Reduced flexibility
  • Loss of full use of the affected area
  • Increased likelihood of future injury or problems

However, a properly designed program will look at the trauma the area has undergone (whether from injury, surgery, or due to illness), assess the current condition (strength, flexibility, function), and then prescribe a program that will maximize the chances of full recovery.

Pre & Post Natal

More and more women are seeing pre/post natal training as an important part of the process of having as baby. The potential benefits of Pre/post natal training are huge:
 

  • Less pain and discomfort during pregnancy
  • Less weight gain during pregnancy
  • Less physical restrictions during pregnancy
  • Easier labour
  • Faster recovery from labour
  • Healthier babies
  • Quicker return to normal activities after delivery
  • Quicker return to normal weight after pregnancy

Of course, pre/post natal training must respect the realities of your condition, meaning that care must be taken with certain issues. For example:

Pregnant women should be careful not to overheat when exercising Exercise should be moderate, avoiding high heart rates. Thus you should avoid exercise such as intervals or spin classes Movements performed flat on the back should be avoided after the first trimester.

Our trained team will be able to set you up with a program that takes into account your current level of fitness, what exercise you already do, any medical history, and of course your own needs and preferences.

Similarly, once you have given birth, a program can be designed that will speed your recovery, whether you've had a natural birth or surgery, and will help you to quickly recover your regular levels of strength and energy.

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