Body movement is an innate peculiarity of every living being, fundamental for proper development and survival, which allows us to interact with the surrounding environment. In nature, and also for man until recently, moving was essential for obtaining food and not becoming the food of other predators as well as for reproduction, recreation, work and much more. Movement is the basis of life.

Have you ever seen a child left free to play? After “crawling” and taking their first steps, children are able to walk, run, jump, climb, lift and throw an object and even “fight” with other children. And the magic is that no one has taught them how to do it. The child instinctively knows all the basic motor patterns that will then be refined over time and stored forever during the sensitive stages of development. Unfortunately, this magic soon ends. The innate instinct for body movement is suppressed from an early age, when we are forced to sit at the school desk all day long.

And so life goes on in adulthood in modern societies. Sedentariness is the master and the moment dedicated to physical activity is limited to a few hours a week of our free time. It seems like, many adult people don’t even know how to walk anymore, running and coordinating to jump is an almost impossible skill. We have largely lost the ability to move to such an extent that professional figures have been created as specialists in motor activity.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROFESSIONALS

Certainly, the Personal Trainer (PT) is the professional figure par excellence in the world of physical activity. A good PT must have a curriculum appropriate to the profession performed and be qualified and competent. Among the qualifications that every personal trainer must possess there are a three-year degree in motor sciences, which gives a broader knowledge. In addition, a master’s degree in physical activity and health promotion is certainly an extra step that will give greater security in the choice of PT.

THE TASKS OF THE PERSONAL TRAINER

In fact, engaging a PT is a great investment for your health.This step allows you to get the results you set much faster than being followed by the classic instructor room, not because he is incompetent but simply because it is not precisely personal. Moreover, The PT can work in different environments such as at home, in the gym or in outdoor environments. In addition, a good PT should be competent on the technical level and provide great motivational support. Other qualitys such as leaderships and be a good example, have to belong to a PT arsenal.

Furthermore, the PT can either support athletes during all training sessions where it will correct any errors to reduce the risk of injury, or it can provide 360° advice on training, nutrition and dietary supplementation. Going into detail, the work of PT should include an initial interview followed by an anthropometric and functional assessment, in order to obtain important information about the customer to develop a personalized training program. In addition, the PT must periodically check the effectiveness of the planned work and update the training plan, nutritional and possibly dietary integration in accordance with the results obtained.

EVERYONE NEEDS A PERSONAL TRAINER

Today, all you have to do is jump on YouTube in order to find millions of videos on training programmes and nutritional advice, right? That’s not exactly the case. The Internet is a great tool in which we can find a lot of interesting videos and articles about “fitness” but on the other hand also a lot of trash and incompetence. We are constantly bombarded by an impressive amount of information that absolutely needs to be skimmed. This filtration process can only be done by field experts.

Unfortunately, more and more people are blindly surfing the Internet and taking everything for granted, adopting “do-it-yourself” methods. Let’s face it, you have legal problems and you are involved. Well, do you go to court alone or do you bring a lawyer who knows how to defend you? Without a lawyer you would definitely lose the case.

Do you want to lose weight, increase muscle mass and strength? Do you want to be preventive and healthy? Forget the “do it yourself” and turn to a professional as a qualified PT, as you did with the lawyer. As we saw at the beginning, knowing how to move is no longer so obvious and any person who approaches physical activity (especially after years and years of sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits) needs a PT, whose task will be primarily to re-educate the student to body movement.

RE-EDUCATION TO MOVEMENT FIRST OF ALL

The target of people who attend fitness centers has changed considerably and more and more sedentary people, fragile people often suffering from diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity turn to a PT to find in the movement a natural drug. At least for the first few years, hiring a good PT is essential to learn to understand your body, master the exercises and establish especially the connection between mind and muscle, a factor often forgotten.

A good PT must take you by the hand and accompany you to take your first steps in this still unexplored world, helping the sedentary to deal with himself and with the reactivation of a body that has been stationary for years. Once you have re-educated the body to the movement, the training sessions with a PT can become even more sporadic. Control, refine and modify the training program should be the aims of further lessons.

HOW TO CHOOSE A PERSONAL TRAINER

In addition to the very important professional education, other factors must also be taken into account when choosing a competent PT. Physical activity and nutrition are worlds full of subjective variables. Even if anatomically we are similar and physiologically we function in a similar way, it is equally true that there is no single methodology valid for all. This is a world in which 2 plus 2 could do 4 like 5, it is a world where you have to continuously try on the field and update.

Therefore, experience is fundamental. And by experience we mean both professional experience with clients and experience made on one’s own body. A good PT must be in shape (or at least should have been in the past) and must train, putting his knowledge into practice every day, both in the gym and in the kitchen. Personally, I would be wary of a clearly overweight PT, which seems to have never trained in his life, which offers me methods for slimming. Similarly, I would distrust a PT clearly under anabolic drugs, which advises me how to train naturally.

But these are personal opinions and everyone makes their own choices. The message we want to give is that PT must know how to do what it teaches its customers. Training does not mean moving the body or a weight at random, without thinking about what you do.

Training is a mind-body connection and body movement gives us precise sensations that we need to know.

When we teach our customers how to perform an exercise that can be a squat, we need to know the feelings and difficulties that our customer experiences at that time. When we advise our students to change their eating habits, we need to know the obstacles and problems they encounter.

Training is a life-long process whose goal should be to improve step by step. If even the PT has done and is doing this path will surely have something more than who is just a database of theoretical knowledge. Finally, a good PT must be able to answer all your questions and doubts, in an honest and professional way.

CONCLUSIONS

Today’s society is becoming increasingly sedentary and many people have lost their relationship with their bodies in motion. As a result, professional figures such as the personal trainer were born. Their main task is the re-education to movement through programs of preventive physical activity and adapted to each subject.

Engaging a PT is an investment in health but not always an easy choice. An excellent PT must first of all be trained, but it must also know how to do what he has learned. It must have a passion for its work, it must test training techniques and eating strategies on itself. It must be constantly updated, be an example for its customers and, last but not least, it must guarantee results.

Loosing some fat, putting on muscle mass and strength and why not, seeing oneself even better in the mirror, are all possible objectives. If you really want to improve, don’t waste precious years of training and hire your PT.

Finally, if you think that a good PT is a very expensive solution, you have no idea how much it costs you to turn to an incompetent. Similarly, by using DIY methods, you are going to waste years over years. Without a good PT, it is very probable that your goals  will move further and further away.

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