No pain no gain is no good: consultant

NO PAIN no gain simply does not work anymore with personal training says balancing lifestyle consultant Annette Stanton.

Ms Stanton said personal trainers needed to work in harmony with the individual and the individual’s body to get the best results.

“If the individual is enjoying themselves, they will pick up the intensity themselves,” she said. “I base my training on wellbeing.”

Ms Stanton said it was important the individual got on well with the personal trainer and they communicated well together.

“The trainer and the individual need to work together as a team. They are both heading for the same goals,” she said.

“It is important the personal trainer is educated in all aspects of personal training – important the trainer can tap into what makes their client tick.

“It is also important the trainer taps into the balance of the client’s lifestyle.

“Do they have a balanced lifestyle? Do they have a stress relief method?

“The trainer also needs to educate their clients on nutrition and not necessarily diet.

“I believe in everything in moderation – not deprivation,” she said.

“They also need to teach a client how to stay motivated. The trainer can’t be there 24 hours a day.”

Ms Stanton said personal trainers had to have a fitness leadership certification.

If they are teaching weight training they also have to have passed a resistance module.

Ms Stanton said the personal training industry developed very quickly in the 1990s.

“We have coaches for everything now,” she said.

“Personal training is all about giving someone good service and building a relationship with them.

“A lot of my clients are now friends,” she said.

Personal training costs can vary between $30 an hour to $80 an hour.

“Professionalism is really important in this industry. You have to look the part and dress professionally,” Ms Stanton said.

“It is also important to find out the client’s medical history such as do they have any old injuries.”

Ms Stanton said a lot of people did not like going to gyms.

“Busy people work inside and don’t always want to stay inside,” she said.

“I take them to Kings Park or to the beach. For those that have home gyms I work out something there.”

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