Personal Training and Behaviour Change Theory

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My own personal understanding of personal training is a fitness professional who develops and implements an individualized approach to physical fitness, generally working one-on-one with a client. A trainer may also help an individual assess their level of physical fitness and help them work toward a personal fitness goal through proper exercise instruction and personal motivation. The scope of practice for personal trainers is to enhance the components of fitness for the general, healthy population. The five classic components of fitness are muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility, although there are other subsets like power and speed. The definition of healthy in this context means an absence of a disease that would affect one's ability to exercise. Anyone outside that scope of practice should be placed in a trainer's scope after a visit to the doctor to see what kind, if any, exercise they are capable of. I think a personal trainer should be very enthuastic and also very confidant to deal with different types of clients because some maybe very out going but some clients might be very shy and conscious of there own physical condition. Many personal trainers work through local fitness centers and health clubs, assisting clients within the facility. Others may be available for sessions in a client’s home, or serve as instructors for fitness classes. Trainers are generally needed to demonstrate various exercises and help clients improve their exercise techniques. Due to the more interpersonal contact between a trainer and a client versus a general gym setting, a trainer is more readily able to provide motivation and support to an individual in an exercise program, in addition to proper technical instruction. A trainer can keep records of their clients’ exercise sessions to help monitor progress, and may advise their clients on how to modify their lifestyle outside of the gym to improve their fitness....
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