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The Evolution of Personal Training

Personal Training (PT) has come a long way & is continuously evolving due to the fact that it is a relatively young as an area of expertise. Young, meaning that it has only really been around as a full time, viable profession since the 1990’s. Prior to this it was more considered a Part Time role to earn a little extra cash or only practical to gym owners (Like Jack LaLane as early as 1936).

PT will continue to grow, regardless of technological advances. A recent job study revealed the top 100 jobs least likely of being replaced by robots indicated that ‘Athletic Trainers’ have a probability of 0.0071 of being replaced. Add this to the constant need/want of people to save time, see quicker results and have things implemented for them, the future of PT seems bright.

If, and I emphasise only if, PT’s continue to evolve & further their education. For the majority this may be true, but unfortunately there is a dramatic gulf between the top echelon and the bottom.

For instance, consider the average PT session say 10 years ago:

  • Warm up for 5-10 minutes on a cross trainer
  • Complete 3 sets of 10 reps…on everything!
  • Cool down for 5-10 minutes on a rower
  • Complete static stretches

I wonder how many clients are looking at this wondering why their PT did this with them today. Is this not cutting edge?! Or how many trainers are actually questioning how much they have progressed…

Today a PT needs to be more than a rep counter & rest monitor. You need a particular set of skills. Skills you can acquire over a very long career. Skills that make you a nightmare for trainers who use the above! (Who doesn’t love a ‘Taken’ quote?!)

how_to_spot_a_poor_personal_trainerAt my Personal Training only Facility in Southampton (Winning Health Solutions), we utilise a very different structure:

  • 30 minutes: Frequency Specific Microcurrent (for those that have the time)
  • 10-15 minutes: Soft Tissue/Neural Activation/Mobility Work
  • 35-45 minutes: Personalised Resistance Training coupled with continual Soft Tissue/Neural Activation
  • 5-10 minutes: Flexibility Work, Post Workout Nutrition
  • 30 minutes: Frequency Specific Microcurrent (for those that have the time)

As you can see, my coaches are more than rep counters. Now consider the fact that they can do all of the above with anything up to 4 clients at the same time! They’re specifically told by me that if they’re standing there not actively doing anything, they’re being lazy & I’m going to kick them up the arse.

Now every week I meet with them for 2 hours, which includes revising & renewing knowledge regarding the Soft Tissue & Neural Activation techniques. This is the key area PT’s need to focus on to take their career & client results to new heights. It’s what’s missing from most Trainers’ arsenal. The ability to push someone to their limit & beyond and expert program design is all still a part of it, but client care & methods during a session is of paramount importance.

Where do I learn this?

If you want to learn methods to make your clients more flexible, stronger, reduce injury rates & in turn improve your results, you can Pre-Register your interest today by e-mailing: info@winning-performance.uk

I will send you the next available course outlines, dates, prices & more!