If you have a passion for fitness, health, and exercise, you may have considered becoming a personal trainer. Working one on one with clients to help them meet their fitness goals, developing custom plans, and motivating others to love fitness the way you do might sound like a breeze, but being a personal trainer requires a lot of work, study, and dedication. While lots of the job of a personal trainer is to motivate, inspire, and lead by example, the job isn’t all Instagram posts and motivational speeches.
At PT Academy, we are dedicated to delivering world-class education to future and current personal trainers in more than 15 countries. With our expertise, our students graduate our programs fully equipped to take on the work and responsibility of being a personal trainer. With continued education and support from PT Academy, graduates have gone on to create successful businesses and careers doing what they love the most. But what exactly are the duties of a personal trainer? Keep reading to find out:
Education & Knowledge
First and foremost, personal trainers need to have a complete and in-depth knowledge of human anatomy. A personal trainer’s primary function is to help clients reach their fitness goals as safely and effectively as possible. Without an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and movement, you risk causing injury.
Along with an understanding of the human body, part of your job as a personal trainer will be to be as educated as possible on the topics of health, motivation, and exercise. At PT Academy, our personal trainer course offerings are all designed to give our students a well-rounded education on all things health and fitness. Featuring a variety of techniques and taught by master educators, each course from PT Academy is designed to further the knowledge of our students while providing them with the best and most reliable information. Personal trainer certificate courses from PT Academy cover such topics as physiology, nutrition, creating personal plans, client assessment, and much more.
In a nutshell, the job of a personal trainer is to create unique programs for their clients that will help them achieve their fitness goals. By performing assessments on clients and learning about their lifestyle, personal trainers develop personalised plans focused around diet and exercise. It is the personal attention that sets personal trainers apart from regular fitness instructors. As a personal trainer, you will assess every client individually, learn about their bodies, diets, and goals, and create unique programs that will help them achieve those goals.
Along with creating a personalised plan, personal trainers work one on one with clients to demonstrate exercises and guide clients through the workout. In this time, you will work with your clients to perfect their form, ensure they are doing the exercises safely and effectively, and help to make adjustments when necessary.
Though your job as a personal trainer does not necessarily require you to delve into nutrition, having an understanding of basic nutrition and being able to answer client questions is an important part of the job. Many clients that choose personal trainers are looking for a more involved approach having failed to see the results they want from regular fitness options like public gyms. As a personal trainer, you will need to be able to speak authoritatively on every aspect of wellness to give your clients a well-rounded experience and program.
Tracking, Growth, & Progress
Teaching your clients to do exercises correctly is a vital part of the job of a personal trainer, but it only encompasses about half of the work. Once your clients have mastered proper form and know all the lingo relating to fitness, it is your job as their personal trainer to help them track their growth and strive for continued progress. For many, exercise is a chore, one that they would rather not do. As a personal trainer, you will encounter many unmotivated individuals, and it will be your job to help inspire them to stay on track and strive for endless improvement.
As your clients progress, it will be your job to help them track, monitor, and adjust their goals and expectations. Your duties will include personally motivating your clients, making adjustments to their exercise routine to either challenge them more or improve the effectiveness of their workout, and inspiring them to reach further than they ever thought they could. In essence, it is your job to be confident in the abilities of your clients, push them to prove to themselves that they are capable, and give them new challenges when they lose their drive and motivation.
Are you ready to start your journey to become a personal trainer? Visit PT Academy online to learn about our personal training certificate programs, or call 1300 556 540 to get in touch.