What’s the point of personal training?

Not something you would expect a full time trainer to say. The role of personal trainers in the UK has almost gone completely over to being a sales executive rather than a health and fitness expert. Bigger companies push their staff to sell rather than focus on what they got in to the industry for in the first place. Now I understand that sales are a pre-requisite in any business and while not wanting to create an army of clip boarded up technicians there has to be a happy medium. Trainers should be allowed to talk passionatly about their profession- not have to sell blocks of 10 sessions weekly to keep earning. All programmes should be at least 3 months this allows the client to actually focus on a goal for a prolonged period of time. 10 sessions in itself is not training- it’s exercise and hence a lot of trainers simply provide activity for adults- it’s pathetic in concept.

Published by ianmellis

Ian Mellis MSc. CSCS is the co-founder of Results FAST (www.resultsfast.com)based in Ware, Hertfordshire. Specialising in athletic development, physique improvement and injury rehabilitation he provides personal training, strength and conditioning and nutrition coaching for motivated exercisers and those looking to make a long term change to their health, fitness and performance.

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