As a Personal Trainer, just because I’m not physically with a client, doesn’t mean I’m not working. I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to training, and my clients have different levels of fitness and different goals, so every session requires thought, structure and individual planning. For every hour of 1:1 training I deliver you can guarantee I will have put at least the same (if not more) amount of time into administration and programming of the session.
And even then, being a PT means being able to think on your feet and be flexible – sometimes the equipment I want isn’t available, sometimes a client may not be in the right frame of mind for the session I had planned and the preparation may become irrelevant and I may have to come up with alternatives there and then.
Personal Training IS a luxury, and I completely understand that the cost of hiring a trainer to work with you 1:1 is what prevents a lot of people from taking the plunge with their personal fitness. I’d love to be able to make PT both affordable and available for as many people as possible, but I also think it’s important that present and future clients do realise that the hourly rate they pay reflects so much more than that one hour slot of time with your trainer themselves. You are paying for a Trainer’s time, but also their advice, expertise and support in and outside of the gym. As I discussed with a fellow trainer this week, what clients may not necessarily realise is that we effectively are always working. Whether it’s session planning (both the workout but also the logistics), setting routines to be done in our absence, answering queries by text and email (which can range from how do I stretch out the muscles that still feel tight from yesterday’s session to what should I order tonight at dinner that won’t mean I have to spend three hours on the treadmill tomorrow burning it off…. and everything in between!) and then working on the always available virtual support – my website, blog and social media – the hours spent warming up, stretching out and putting clients through their paces actually only represent a part of our role.
But either way, if you see me in a cafe, or in this case outside soaking up some rare Winter vitamin D in West London with my iPad in hand then I can assure you that I’m hard at work (banish the thought of Netflix or Whats App!)
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