Hypocrisy here we come...

To begin, I will state that as my currently non-tertiary educated self I am more qualified to talk on this subject than someone who is (ha!, comments welcomed below).

Perhaps I should state that I am interested in expressing that the below skills and knowledge acquired through University courses or equivalent are what I feel would be valuable for trainers to cultivate. 

  • Critical thinking
  • Knowledge of basic science
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Physics
    • Biology
  • Ability to read and understand scientific papers
  • Understanding of basic statistics

As personal trainers Sydney, enormous trust is placed in us by clients wanting to lose weight / gain muscle / feel better about themselves / improve their health. In every single personal training session, we speak with authority around topics of health, fitness and nutrition.  Our role requires us to offer advice, or at least our personal opinion, about topics other than just physical training.

If you stop to think about what happens when a client signs on with a personal trainer it is quite a significant event. Throughout the course of a client’s work with us it is not uncommon for their entire lifestyle to shift - because it is necessary - their current lifestyle is the reason they seek us out in the first place. Something is not working for them, they don’t know why they keep gaining weight, they don’t know why their health is suffering, they don’t have the tools and techniques necessary to achieve their goals.

The client essentially hands their body and largely their philosophy on diet over to us and follows what we say in the hope it will get them to their goals. To be at the helm, coaching a person when they are seeking to change the way the exist day to day is a huge responsibility. The work we do in the gym literally reforms and changes someone’s physical makeup. That’s cool stuff.

The danger is that a disproportionate amount of trust is placed in us if we have not developed the knowledge and skills to guide a client through the various steps necessary to design a lifestyle that works for them.  Our industry’s trends are driven by a small number of key players, almost analogous to the fashion industry. Evidence based understanding of fitness and diet has progressed enormously over the last decade but the topics that seem to dominate the industry headlines are those that achieve quick results. 

This sounds crazy but quick results are not necessarily an indicator that a course of action is good long-term. As an extreme example, not drinking water for three days and sitting in a sauna is an excellent way to lose scale weight (due to fluid loss) - but I absolutely would not recommend it.

Solutions for clients need to be carefully selected, suit the individual and make sense for a client’s long-term future - all while helping them achieve their short term objectives. It is my hope that as trainers acquire some of the above skills, the industry standard will be lifted along with the accuracy of information that is shared during personal trainers Sydney sessions.
 


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