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Personal Training that actually WORKS!

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Long-Term Behaviour Change & Goal-Setting

The use of a Personal Trainer (PT) is becoming more popular. Some of the benefits of working with a personal trainer include:

Regular one-to-one contact helps to aid motivation and effort

provides a more personal approach, and a more personalised and individual programme

Programmes can be updated and progressed more regularly (e.g. every week)

Informal reviews and on-going observation and assessment can be implemented with every session

Formal reviews can be scheduled and agreed with the client to monitor progress

Provides continuous “real-time” feedback, ensuring safe and effective technique and leading to positive results and reduced risk of injury

Goals are often achieved more quickly when working with a personal trainer, rather then training alone


Agreeing Goals, Objectives, Training Programmes & Adaptations

Many people struggle to achieve their fitness goals. This may be because they have been given an inappropriate programme by their trainer, or they may have been set goals which are unachievable or do not take into consideration their lifestyle. Nearly 50% of people who undertake a training programme drop out in the first few months. One of the main reasons for this is that they never really established what they were trying to achieve, therefore before any training programme begins it is essential to establish the client’s training aims and goals.

A client will be paying for the services of a PT. It is therefore important that the personal trainer addresses the specific needs of the client, and produces a programme that will achieve maximum benefits in the time spent training through setting realistic and achievable goals. It is vital to set obtainable goals that the client can achieve easily, as this will increase motivation and result in a positive attitude from the client.

The Cognitive Effects Of Exercise:

(Cognition is the name given to “mental” functions such as thinking, remembering, perception, and language. An individual’s thinking and perception about exercise can be a learned process, either from experience, or from listening, talking, and observing others actions towards exercise.)

Cognitive processes for exercise are:

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Dramatic relief

Environmental re-evaluation


Social liberation

The Behavioural Effects of Exercise:

(Behaviour is an act, reaction, or function performed in a certain way or particular pattern. Often there is a need to change an individual’s action, reactions, and behaviour patterns towards exercise.)

Behavioural processes for exercise are:

Counter conditioning

Helping relationships

Reinforcements management

Self liberation

Stimulus control

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