So it’s the time of year where everyone can look back at the last 31 days and see how their new year’s resolutions have gone. For most the attempt to achieve dry January, hit the gym 3 times a week or cut carbs after lunch has failed.
So you decide self-motivation just isn’t enough and make the decision to hire a Personal Trainer. Once you’ve chosen a personal trainer how do you know they’re any good? PTs vary widely, I would argue it’s one of the most diverse, in terms of standards, than many other professions. So what should your PT be doing with you before you start? Before you have even touched a weight or dropped down and given 20 your PT must first and foremost, perform a needs analysis.
1. Firstly, this comes in the form of filling in a PAR-Q form, which is information about your general health, previous injuries and lifestyle questions. Just having a verbal chat really isn’t enough. This is the person that is going to be getting your body to do things it wouldn’t normally do, to get you out of your comfort zone. They can’t do this effectively – or safely – unless they know about your background.
2. Next up is the Static assessment, this should include a blood pressure reading and is the most vital part of your appointment for both the PT and yourself. If your blood pressure is too high (140/90) then you, the client, are putting yourself at risk of any heart related issues whilst exercising. If this is the case its best recommended seeing the Doctor and checking the ticker is in good shape. Other things this includes will be, weight, height, BMI, body fat %, muscle mass and circumference measurements like a waist to hip ratio.
3. Goal setting takes up the next part. Most clients tend to, when they come for their first appointment, be pretty vague in their own goal aspirations, ‘I want lose weight and tone up’ is a classic example of this. It’s your PT’s job is to get smart. Literally. Smart meaning: Specific. Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed. A 10% Body fat reduction over the next 3-4 months is a bit more like the goals your PT should be setting.