When I was coaching I remember being invited to the local coffee mornings at our village hall with a fitness instructor friend and giving advice to the (mostly older) attendees on exercise, nutrition, wellness, etc.
In this age of celebrity social media coaches many personal trainers look the part but don’t have what it takes to lead others through safe and productive exercise programs and experts are concerned that many physically fit exercise role models are poorly trained.
If your personal training clients have diabetes or trouble controlling their weight, sugar may be more foe than friend. Yet trying to avoid sugar or use fewer products that contain sugar isn’t always so easy.
If your personal training clients think it’s too late to start exercising, let them take heart from the woman who ran in the Boston Marathon at age 88. Then there’s the 89-year-old man who, after eight weeks of a carefully designed weight-lifting program, tossed aside the cane he’d depended on for years.
One of the things clients can worry about is having to take time off of training, due to family, work, travel, etc. and as much as we can give them tactics for exercising anywhere or when time is short, what is the the real cost to their fitness should actually they miss out?
My formative years of working out were heavily influenced and coached by Vince Gironda where the mandate in his gym was “No pool. No chrome. No music. Just iron.”, so I typically trained with no sounds except for the clanging of the weights (and my laboured breathing when doing 8×8).
As personal trainers we typically deal with busy mums and dads who have so much on their plate, with hectic family commitments and demanding jobs, that the idea of hours in the gym or running on a treadmill is often too much and completely overwhelming.
As an ex gymnastics coach for primary school age children I’m a big proponent of children engaging in some form of physical education and various types of exercise, however some “experts” still maintain that such work is superfluous, that it does not enhance a child’s development and is a waste of time.
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