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About Personal Training
Personal trainers are responsible for guiding you through a safe and effective workout plan while providing you with encouragement and support. Each personal trainer has a different method and approach to accomplishing the goals of clients, but you can typically expect to engage in discussion and undergo various assessments at your first training session.
Most training sessions begin with the discussion of what your goals are, both long and short term. Your trainer will work with you to set reasonable goals. For example, a short-term goal might be to complete 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise by the end of the week; a long-term goal might be to fit into pants two sizes smaller. Goal setting is not only an important way to measure success — it also lets your trainer know just how strong your motivation is for adopting a healthier lifestyle.
In addition to recording your age, gender, height and weight, your trainer will most likely perform body composition measurements. Each trainer differs on how they collect body measurements. Taking circumference measurements of your waist, hips, arms and legs is a common, less obtrusive way to create a baseline. Another means of collecting similar data is through a skinfold measurement, in which calipers are used to assess the thickness of the layer of fat underneath your skin. Some trainers use more technological means to collect similar information such as bioelectric impedance analysis, which sends a very low electrical current through your body.
This portion of the first session is to see what you are capable of doing with regards to strength, cardiovascular capacity, flexibility and basic movements. Once your trainer sees what you can and cannot do, we can adjust accordingly for future workouts. The Assessment will be followed by a brief workout.
Because a substantial portion of your first session is dedicated to determining your baseline information, you can expect your first meeting to be longer than subsequent sessions. Be patient during the process, though. It is important to collect this information so that you are able to compare the outcomes of later sessions and visualize your results.