It usually comes back to the basics. No matter how much I learn about the art of personal training the main facts never change.
Get stronger, keep moving, and use your common sense.
I add the philosophy that you should start by helping your client define their own goals. It doesn’t matter what I want, it only matters what is important to them.
Once that is known there is always a way through. We just need to figure it out.
These are the foundations of my practice.
Then once every two years the business side of being a personal trainer needs attention.
I just finished my tenth re-certification to keep my credentials up to date with the International Sport Sciences Association. I’ve been a trainer for 20 years and for the last 10 I’ve held the “Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults” accreditation.
This time I turned my attention to help people deal with Parkinson’s disease. There are books, courses and tests to complete to become a specialist in this area. As a professional you cannot venture in without the accreditation and as much medical knowledge as you can acquire. Clients need to know you have a solid background.
But in the end, I believe I learn more about the disease from the people that are dealing with it every day.
Each person is different. Listen to what they have to say. Then put all your resources towards making their lives better.
Luckily every certification has to include updating my CPR and First Aid. As some of my previous blogs have noted, that training has come in handy. This time around I was with a small group all attending the class for their first re-certification. I felt just a tiny bit smug when I shared that this was my tenth. I truly appreciate the updated training. This year I was reminded how lucky I am to have taken some of the courses from active firemen. Their practical added input has been invaluable.
Every two years I go through this re-certification process. As someone who hates tests, I’m relieved when it’s over.
I’m happy to get back to work assisting my clients.
In the end that’s all that matters.