I was chatting with a client last week and it highlighted one of the most significant qualities that a personal trainer needs to be by nature of the role. Personal, we offer a personal service to help you achieve your goals.
I have discovered over the years that many people have had unsuccessful personal training experiences. One of the common themes of not enjoying it came down to the fact they felt like they were not listened to. They would be in an environment they were not particularly comfortable in and they were made to do things that they were not happy to do. Don't get me wrong, a big part of a pt's job is encouraging people out of their comfort zone but it's really important to listen.
This is probably one of the most important parts of my job. I have my preferred methods and approaches based on my knowledge and experience but I apply this based on an individual client that is in front of me. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another.
I can't always carry out the session I may plan for someone, they may turn up with an injury, plans for the next day that would be negatively effected if we were to train that body part or they may still be recovering. I have to adapt. Adaptation is key, being able to work around challenges faced. I would not be doing a good job if I just pushed on with the planned session just because it was planned.
Sometimes you have to go away and think of a new approach, every session provides feedback throughout whether explicitly stated or not. Every day my experience grows which means I can provide a more in depth service.
We offer a personal service and that is why we put value in showing you what we are like so that you can make the right choice for you.
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Training or lifting straps are one of the few pieces of equipment that I recommend people getting.
Should you get some?
In balance, yes, most people would benefit from them. Just be sure not to neglect your grip strength as you still want to get your forearms stronger, so you don't need to rely on the straps.
Feel free to watch this tutorial youtube video on how to use straps, give them ago and let me know what you think!
Vicki is a Personal Trainer, Coach and Swimming Teacher with the aim of helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.