The profession of personal trainer is not an official job title, which means that anyone can call themselves a personal trainer. Personal training is an individual, professional form of training support by a competent trainer. Starting with targeted training planning, through training support to the evaluation and revision of training plans, a personal trainer can be deployed in various areas.
The first personal trainers were used in the United States to improve the fitness of prominent actors in film and television. Due to the increasing growth of the fitness industry, the number of personal trainers increased. More and more often recreational athletes afford this individual form of training support.
Since many hobby athletes reach their limits when planning their training, more and more athletes decide to get continuous, individual advice from a coach. The function of the personal trainer, however, does not only consist in the above mentioned points of training support through planning, execution and evaluation. It is rather the task to convey the athletic training to the clients in a way that a long-term, permanent and above all independent strength training or endurance training can be carried out.
It is therefore also the task of passing on the acquired specialist knowledge in a targeted manner. In addition, motivational aspects always play a decisive role in sports training. Very few people can be motivated for sports training, so the motivation of the clients is one of the most important aspects in the field of personal training.
Target groups of the personal trainer are sporty beginners, without any knowledge in the field of fitness, recreational athletes with special goals like completing a marathon, triathlon, or even learning special techniques in individual sports and athletes with a small time budget to achieve sporting success with minimal effort. Many sporty beginners make typical mistakes at the beginning of their training. It is not only about the wrong choice of weights and repetitions.
Many exercises are unsuitable from a functional point of view and hoped-for successes are therefore not achieved. When choosing the right personal trainer, it is not only about professional competence. The personal trainer has to respond to the various wishes of individual athletes, and should stand for what he teaches and plans himself and be convinced of the methods.
He should know all the individual likes and dislikes when planning, and thus include all aspects of sports training. The personal trainer must be seen as a person of trust, because only then can the various possibilities be effectively implemented.