An individual that is qualified in fitness training, exercise prescription and instruction. The base line qualification for personal training is certificate 3 and certificate 4 in Fitness.
A personal trainer’s job is to motivate clients by establishing fitness goals, providing a professional opinion and feedback, education and holding their client accountable to achieve direct personal results. Common goals personal trainers encounter regularly are muscle gain, weight loss (loss of body weight), fat loss (loss of body fat), correcting and improving postural or rehabilitation and improvement of fitness and strength performance.
Training sessions can range from 30-90 minutes, 1-3 times a week. This can be 1-on-1 or 2-on- 1. Sessions usually include foam rolling / warm up, skill, strength and fitness exercises.
Personal Trainers measure and test their clients strength and weaknesses with fitness, strength and body composition tests. By doing this we can set prescribed exercises, sets, reps and time for direct results. This is also a valuable tool for the client’s motivation as they can see their physical changes through numbers on a graph whether it be shaving a couple of seconds off a 1km row or cm’s off their waist
It’s important for Personal Trainers to upskill and continue to educate themselves by keeping themselves updated with the latest trends, technology and techniques in the fitness industry to give their clients the best possible coaching – this can be done by completing courses to refine a skill they want to specialise in, expand their services or just keep up to date. Some examples of courses a PT may complete are Post Natal, CrossFit, Weight lifting, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition and Rehabilitation courses. Highly qualified trainers provide education in wellness, regularly updated programming, general health and nutrition guidelines to motivate clients for faster results.
Australian Personal Trainers are required to register to the appropriate fitness association, insurance(s), current first aid and CPR before they can professionally train clients.