Your Personal Trainer may be your coach and your cheerleader. He or she may have even got to know you as well as some of your best friends do.
That said, there are a number of things which do not fall within their field of expertise and it’s important to know these to ensure that your Personal Trainer is fulfilling their professional remit without overstepping the mark.
The very best and most effective Personal Trainers fully understand the role they play in personal development and ensure that they remain, at all times, focussed on their field of expertise.
This means that they: -
- Will not provide medical advice or make medical diagnoses
- Will not offer psychological counselling
- Will not create meal plans which focus on portioning, timing or supplements
- Will not force their own personal goals or exercise preferences onto clients
- Will not stop learning about advances, techniques and best practice in their specialised field
Alarm bells should ring if your Personal Trainer starts to wander into areas which aren’t necessarily his or her specialism. Firstly, because the advice they give may not actually be what's best for you in the long term, and secondly, because they could be operating outside the realms of their industry Code of Conduct.
I have been a Personal Trainer for over 15 years and in that time I have supported people from all walks of life through their particular fitness journeys (with programmes to suit them, not me!). I know that if I stick to my job - a job I just happen to be very good at - then I can empower clients to succeed in their goals, and maybe even achieve more than they ever thought possible.
I understand that I am not a doctor, nor a psychologist, or a dietician. I have the power to make a significant difference to the quality of life of those who come to me for support by using my knowledge, experience and deep understanding of how exercise and good nutrition can positively impact health and happiness. And I’m very proud to say that I can provide this valuable service without treading on the toes of medical professionals!
If you like the sound of having a Personal Trainer who sticks to the things they know and which work, rather than looking for quick fixes (which seldom hold out), then take a look at my tailored packages and let’s have an initial discovery chat. No gimmicks, no unrealistic promises, just the solid, ever-present support you need to get to where you want to be.