Personal Trainers are a key component of getting oneself to the next level of health and fitness. A good personal trainer not only knows how to create an exercise program that helps an individual reach their fitness goals, but also creates a comfortable and friendly workout environment that stimulates and motivates. I worked for a number of years at big gym facilities such as Ballys and LA Fitness, as well as maintaining a private practice. I have found that no matter where training takes place, the transformation your body undergoes is dependent upon The Trinity Effect.
The Trinity Effect: Motivation, Obligation, and Education.
Motivation is key because it allows you as the client to push yourself past that threshold that has held you back from your fitness goals. A good motivator should always give positive reinforcement while adhering to a fun and structured workout plan.
Obligation is something that is often overlooked when it comes to personal training. Most people would love to be more active, be in better shape, and have the confidence that comes with a healthy fit lifestyle. People have great intentions and often start off a new workout program with a firm resolve that this time they will "stick to it." Unfortunately, few people have the follow through or the knowledge necessary to keep their fitness goals steadily in their sights. A good personal trainer not only develops a close relationship with you, but also makes you accountable. Accountability is a major factor for fitness goals because it reinforces the importance of showing up for your workouts, being mindful of your eating habits, and how to intertwine your fitness goals in your everyday activities.
Education is the third component of a good personal trainer. Education is not only the science of the muscular system or proper form on workout routines, it is also the knowledge of how certain exercises aid in functional everyday life. Furthermore, it is familiarity with healthy eating habits, proper vitamin consumption and supplementation, and a progressive yet practical approach to creating personal body design.