Personal trainers. Who are they?
Personal trainers. Who are they? What exactly do they do? How useful are they? Are they just specific to fitness land? And can you and I, as a regular man/woman from the street, afford a sports coaching right hand?
In the United States, the personal trainer – the concept as well as the human being – has been established for many years. This man/woman has to appear there in your list of landline phone numbers or you will not be considered as if by the time.
In Belgium we have not yet so fanatically embraced the personal sports approach – in or outside the fitness centre – with the help of our own coaches. We rather consider personal trainers as a privilege of top athletes and the richer class.
And here we think wrong, we learn from an interview with Professor Dr. Jan Boone from the Centre for Sports Medicine at the UZ Gent and Christophe Mertens, personal trainer and fitness coach from Groot-Bijgaarden. Hans van Alphen, a fellow camper and Belgian top athlete, also sees good prospects for the future for good personal trainers.
The world of personal sports coaching, possibilities and styles trumps.
Coach Christophe Mertens: ‘As the term personal trainer indicates, the concept means in the first place the personal sports coaching of one person (one on one training) at an agreed time. In most cases, this sportive coaching takes place in a fitness centre. But that is not necessary. Training can also perfectly take place outdoors or at home (e.g. in the case of sports-specific running or swimming guidance). Depending on the qualifications of the personal trainer, the sporting factor can be supplemented with information about healthy eating. At your own pace fitter and growing good in your skin under the all-seeing eye of the coach’.
Personal training can also cover a wider load. Small group training, for example, also falls under the denominator. This means that a select group – maximum 4 to 5 people – is supervised by the same coach at the same location and time. Group lessons fall outside the idea of personal training. Logical, considering the larger number of participants’.
A third form, which I apply in my own gym, but which may be less common, is personal sports coaching in the room. Those who are not interested in a sports-specific ‘more expensive’ one-on-one coaching or to work in groups deserve just as much quality. That’s why, after a discussion about the intended goals, I provide an adapted fitness trail for everyone. All exercises are explained and performed at least three times under strict supervision. Also after that, an eye is always kept on the correct execution’.
Fitter at your own pace and growing good in your skin under the all-seeing eye of the coach.
personal trainer mechelen can make an important contribution to sports in our society by providing solid support and guidance to athletes of all levels, both in and outside fitness centres. I cannot stress enough that exercises must be carried out correctly. Anyone who carries out movements incorrectly for a long period of time – even the simplest walking movement – can suffer serious injuries. Beginning athletes are often insufficiently aware of this’.
A personal trainer with the right qualifications can intervene in time. So yes, the ordinary sportsman also benefits from a short or longer personal sports guidance’.
In addition to their significance for the athlete(s) in general, the personal trainer becomes more important for assisting people with a medical condition. Or, in my opinion, that would be very useful. Doctors, physiotherapists no longer have the time to follow their rehabilitation patients continuously on the sports path. A personal sports coach can offer solace then. On the condition that he or she has some scientific/medical background in addition to the right qualifications or – if he or she does not have that knowledge – does not hesitate to cooperate with the treating physician(s)’.
Personal trainers can make an important contribution to sports in our society by providing solid guidance to athletes of all levels, both in and outside fitness centres.
Anyone who is not under medical supervision and would like to be guided to climb Mont Ventoux, can do so peacefully. However, if you have medical problems and want to climb Mont Ventoux, you have to make sure that the person you are calling on has the right knowledge. A heart patient deserves a different approach than someone who has no heart problems. But that’s a matter of trust, honesty from both sides and the right enquiry’.
Christophe agrees: ‘I get a lot of people here. All with their own goals and demands. Without imposing myself, I always inquire about their medical background: heart or back problems, a recovering cancer patient, etc.