What is a personal trainer?

A personal trainer is an individual who is certified in personal training by a nationally accredited organization to help benefit individuals who desire health and wellness through means of proper exercise and nutrition. Personal Trainers understand the principles of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and exercise. Ideal Personal trainers are experienced in specific areas including weight loss, sports performance, endurance, body toning, body building and pre and postnatal exercise. Trainers are certified to design individualized programs to fit the needs of an individual.

What are the trainer's certifications or credentials?

Ideal Personal Trainers are certified by a variety of creditable organizations including the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT), American Council of Exercise, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, International Sports Science Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Apex. All trainers hold American Red Cross CPR or American Heart Association CPR Certification.

Why should I use a personal trainer? Benefits?

A personal trainer provides professional assistance to those who do not have an understanding of physical fitness as well as for those who need a change in their current program. Personal trainers know the pitfalls of exercise programs and how to show you to avoid them. The trainer will show you the correct direction and motivation needed to put you on the right track to getting the desired results.

A lot of people do not have time to think about what they want to achieve or decide what exercises to do on a particular day because of the fast paced world we live in. A personal trainer has a program designed for individuals prior to their arrival so the time they do have can be used to achieved maximum results.

What types of people have personal trainers?

All types, sizes, shapes, ages, professions, and levels of fitness have personal trainers. This includes everyone from a young teenager hoping to enhance his/her skills in a particular sport to the average 40-hour week working individual, to the professional athlete like Tiger Woods. There is no stereotype of people that have trainers; personal trainers are perfect for people of at all stages of life.

When should I use a personal trainer?

A personal trainer can be used in a number of different ways. An individual can have weekly training sessions or use the trainer to design a program then meet every couple weeks to discuss how the program is going and to make any changes necessary.

What should I expect to learn from a personal trainer?

You will learn the proper techniques in various exercises that minimize the risk of injury while promoting the greatest results. The trainer will give you suggestions over proper nutrition, lifestyle tips, and the fundamentals of getting and staying in good physical condition.

What is the process of getting a personal trainer?

The first meeting with a personal trainer is a discussion period to find out clients goals, needs, availability, and conduct a fitness assessment and medical history so that a program can be individualized to the client. This discussion is extremely important so the trainer knows the individual's physical abilities and limitations as well as their goals; by knowing this the trainer can form a personal program catered to both the individual and trainer.

What happens during a personal training session?

After your initial discussion meeting the personal trainer will have designed an individualized program for your needs prior to your training sessions. Upon your arrival for a session the trainer will immediately start taking you through the exercises deemed for that day at the desired level and intensity. The trainer is a source of motivation here to push you to perform exercises you might not ordinarily do at the level or intensity needed. Also, you might be doing new exercises to keep variety in your workout to help hold your interest and make working out fun.

How often should I train?

This depends on the type of training. Cardiovascular can be done everyday of the week, but it is preferred to have a day of rest to let the body recover. It is best to vary the training methods, for example, use the bike, treadmill, elliptical trainer or go outside to do a recreational activity on various days throughout the week. It is also best to vary the intensities of the activities and to monitor your intensity level using a heart rate monitor. For strength training, a standard recommendation is three times a week with one day of rest in-between each session. However, some individuals train four to six days a week. Whenever you strength train two consecutive days you want to train different parts of the body because your muscles need time to repair and recover from the previous stress of lifting. For example, you could lift chest/triceps, back/biceps, legs/shoulders on three consecutive days, then repeat the sequence and rest on the seventh day. Not every individual demands this frequency of training. Two to three days is a sufficient amount of strength training to meet the goals of most individuals. A personal trainer can help you determine your schedule according to your time availability and goals.