Nowadays, many people use exercise to help improve their abilities in a chosen sport, as well as to stay fit and healthy. There is also a section of the population that participates in sport as a career, and for these people, sports conditioning is considered a crucial part of their everyday life.
Have you ever felt like you need a new challenge in life? Perhaps you're contemplating changing your career? Or just starting out and looking for the right career path? Well if you love health and fitness (like me) the answer could be found in personal training. I’ve been a showbiz journalist for 10 years and while I still love the job, the prospect of a healthier mind and body is appealing.
Health and fitness is a fantastic industry to be a part of. There’s no shortage of success stories where trainers have gone on to build multi-million pound businesses within a few years and collect highly lucrative client bases, such as Premier Training graduate Joe Wicks and many more. Unfortunately, for each of these success stories there are dozens of trainers who have failed to get a foothold and end up leaving the industry, or struggle to fill their books on a regular basis. As a new personal trainer it’s important to start as you as you mean to go on and not make the common mistakes so many trainers fall victim to. In my experience it takes a new trainer 12-18 months to hit the 20 personal training hours per week ‘sweet spot’.
Job interviews are both exciting and anxiety-inducing at the same time: Landing one means you’ve made it into the "yes" pile, but it also means preparing for those all-too-familiar questions about your strengths, your weaknesses, you know the drill.
A client invests a great deal into you as a professional personal trainer. They invest their time, energy, well-being, hopes and emotions into your service. The key to delivering a suitable return on that investment is professionalism.
If you're considering what type of personal training business to start, then mobile personal training has a number of key advantages. For example, there are low overheads (potentially) and you get to work outdoors. However, your working day can involve a lot of travel back and forth to each client and you may have to operate a service without a physical base in the daytime. The issues and challenges of this choice of business model centre around admin, logistics and marketing.
So, we all know that dietary fats have had a long and infamous reporting of health claims made against them. Since the 1950s researchers and food scientists have been concerned with fats in your diet and how they may contribute to health problems, most notably heart disease. One such researcher – Ancel Keys – was very prominent in the 1950s and '60s in his belief that saturated fat can damage the arteries and along with cholesterol, cause heart disease.
Exercise has one purpose in mind; it is a stress to the body, which the body has to overcome. By adapting to this stress it pushes the metabolism through the roof, which will help with toning and fat loss along with increased cardiovascular and muscular fitness. There are numerous studies that indicate that high intensity training is more effective than traditional lower intensity training for increasing metabolic rate.
Completing a SWOT analysis of your Personal Training skills will allow you to develop your target audience and help further develop your personal brand. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. A SWOT analysis will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses which can assist you in establishing your brand and clarifying your position in the marketplace.
Cardio training has been getting a bad reputation late as being laborious and hard work, not a quick fix. This isn’t incorrect and we want to put some of those haters straight! Cardio training can deliver the same benefits as you would do in some resistance and strength training workouts.