Today’s typical golfer faces many challenges. Not only are golf courses becoming longer and more difficult, but today’s golfer is actually less prepared to play the game. In today’s automated society of long commutes, computers and television, many golf enthusiasts are not properly conditioned because of a lack of movement in their everyday lives. People today are spending more time in office-related jobs and more hours at work. Due to this, individuals are sitting for longer periods of time (less daily activity), increasing the chances of poor posture, muscle imbalances, and poor cardiovascular conditioning. The combination of a dynamic movement like a 100 mph golf swing and a 3-4 mile walk can be very challenging for most people and lead to poor performance and/or injury.
Exercising in the cold can bring about many unique challenges. What are the best strategies to stay safe and prevent some of these potentially life-threatening or at least performance reducing challenges? One of the easiest strategies to counter the cold weather is to have the right gear for the exercise environment. Dressing in layers is one of the best defences against the cold. Choosing moisture wicking fabrics to keep your skin dry from sweat will keep you warm since water is a very poor insulator (1). Outer layers can be removed to release built-up body heat as exercise intensity increases or becomes wet from the elements. Skin that is not covered will quickly lose heat (1,2). Wearing a hat or helmet will reduce your heat loss even further (1).
Are your clients held back by their belief in fitness fictions? We get to the bottom of the five most common misconceptions.
Studies have shown that ‘only about 18 percent of people who buy gym memberships use them consistently’ (creditdonkey.com). As a personal trainer, it is your job to motivate your clients to exercise on a regular basis.
Whether you’re looking to start your Personal Trainer certificate or are already qualified, it’s important to determine which direction you want to head in as there are so many different fitness career opportunities. Do you want to work in a major gym chain, teach group classes or in a boutique studio? There are many options available. Or, do you want to branch out on your own and be a mobile personal trainer?
This is one of the most exciting options and comes along with many benefits. MotivatePT has outlined a few of the perks below.
Whether you have recently qualified as a personal trainer or have been in the fitness industry for years, going it alone can be a little scary. MotivatePT wants to make the first step that little bit easier for you. Below, we list the four most important 4 points to consider, to ensure you are successful as a mobile personal trainer.
Knowing how to boost clients’ health and fitness is just one part of your job. You’re also an entrepreneur. Whether you’re a trainer at a large chain or a sole proprietor, professional development skills such as marketing, sales, communication, and business operations can enhance your reputation and lead to new clients.
My years of corporate education in the fitness industry have proven over and over again, to me, that people are afraid of the word “SALES.” Many people wanting to become trainers have called foul on this ominous word and have cried: 1) “I did not get into this field to do sales, but to train!” or 2) “I want to help people, not sell people!”
When I first entered the realm of personal training I had no idea how to “pick up” clients, and yet that was the focus and intent of my job. There was so little guidance that I apprehensively approached my fitness director and asked him to help me. His words of wisdom? “Go talk to people.” His simple and understated approach left me feeling as if I was the only bird to jump from the nest without wings. The worst part of it was that he was right – to a large degree. If I were in his position and were limited to a lonely one-sentence answer, I may have said something like this, “Make people want to talk to you.”
You’re no doubt familiar with high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—quick, intense bursts of exercise interspersed with short active-recovery periods—and its promise of amazing fitness benefits in a small amount of time. But how buzz-worthy is it? Here, Charlie Hoolihan, NASM-CES, PES, shares the good, the not so good, and some tips to help it work for clients at every level.