Personal Trainer Job Description
1. Identify Goals and Create Tailored Plans
Personal Trainers can work with a wide variety of clients, identifying their goals (e.g. increase strength, improve fitness, weight loss) and writing personalized programs so their clients can achieve those set goals.
To create a timeline in which you will be able to achieve your goals - regardless of whether your goal is weight loss, improved fitness or a specific event such as a triathlon, your Personal Trainer will weigh you and take some important measurements, as these will be crucial when recording your achievements.
If a Personal Trainer has more experience and holds extra qualifications such as a holding Master Trainer certificate, being a qualified Nutrition Coach or also being a Massage Therapist, they can also assist with injury rehabilitation or work with specialty conditions. This means a sound understanding of anatomy, physiology and exercise is required.
2. Help the Client Achieve Their Goals
It’s not just about letting the clients know what to do and then letting them do it on their own, but it’s about actually being there to observe, watch and give feedback to the clients, so that they can improve their technique and gain maximum results. The sessions need to challenge the client, and they should be fun and always be a step towards the client’s goals.
In addition, the client may not always be enthusiastic about taking part in the session. It can be hard to keep motivation going when you’re pushing yourself so hard your whole-body hurts. This is where a PT’s motivation skills come into full swing.
How you achieve the client’s goals can change, dependent on the client themselves and your preferred training style. For example, if your client does better in a group setting then you could organize a group program that would be suitable for a range of your clients. Alternatively, if they’re better one-to-one, your session can be tailored to suit exactly what that client needs.
3. Have Great Interpersonal Skills and Communicate Clearly
Personal Trainers need to be able to communicate clearly, as they have to assess, discuss, motivate, and teach clients how to improve their fitness, strength or physique. Hence, strong communication and listening skills are paramount. Exercise plans must be explained clearly to the client, so they understand what they're doing and why. In addition, listening to the client’s feedback carefully will ensure that you are attuned to what the client’s likes and dislikes are - this is essential for client retention and generally to have a positive session.
Personal Trainers are also required to provide feedback on correct technique, without being too pushy or coming off too strong-headed. That’s why they must also be proficient at reading people. If a client is not responding well to your communication style, you must be flexible enough to change your style to a method that will result in a better response. For example, some clients will want a firm approach and like to be called out if they are slacking off, while others would see this as negative feedback and so stop attending sessions.
4. Personal Trainers Monitor Progress and Must Be Organized
It’s not all about the journey, results are important too. Ultimately, results are what’s going to keep the client (and many more) coming back! Being prepared for client sessions means writing new programs and tracking progress. Personal Trainers need to record and monitor health, weight, fitness, and strength, and are constantly adjusting programs to keep their client challenged and achieving goals faster.
5. Educate and Advise Clients
Gaining new qualifications, attending workshops and fitness events, and reading the latest research ensures Personal Trainers keep up-to-date with fitness and nutrition information, so they can pass this expertise onto their clients.