Our training philosophy is based on helping each customer reach their goals by making sure we address their individual needs, preferences and requirements correctly.
Let’s take a look at training goals
- Training goals are usually multiple goals. For example, I’d like to run 10k without stopping, lose weight and at the same time reduce knee pain and shin splints.
- They can be related to performance enhancements, aesthetics, health, injury reduction, antiageing, vitality or a combination of these categories. I.e. imagine a male tennis player who wants to improve his speed and agility on court, and at the same time needs to lose his excess body weight and wants a bigger, more defined chest. Or imagine for example, a female runner who also wants to improve her 5k mark, build muscle mass in her glutes, reduce chronic low-back pain and tone her arms and legs at the same time. Goals usually don’t fit just one category.
- Can differ in the short, medium and long-term, for example: recover from an injury in the short term, improve muscular imbalances and physical condition in the medium term and improve a “Personal Best” or win a competition on the long term.
- Lastly, goals need to be planned across a realistic time frame and keeping variables such as health and wellbeing in mind (primum non-nocere principle). This is where we need to look at the next part of our philosophy: what do customers need and what preferences do they have?
Individual customer needs, preferences and requirements
- The customer’s individual needs are not only determined by the customer but depend on the trainer’s input as well. After a 360degree assessment, you will discuss your needs together with the trainer who will then explain all feasible options in terms of program type and duration. This is where a personal trainer’s knowledge, specialization and experience comes into play. Your individual needs depend on your current condition, physical skills, medical and/or sports history, medicine or supplement use, but also factors such as physical limitations and injuries as well as your attitude, behaviour and habits. The client’s needs are also determined by biological variables such as gender, age, genetics and health status. Based on these facts and their interpretations, the outcome of the aforementioned variables will determine the outlook of your training plan.
- The customer’s individual preferences are based on variables that make sure the training plan fits the person’s timetable and budget but also looks at training type and duration. Preferences are like-to-have items not must-have’s. Perhaps a person prefers HIT training over classic weight training. It is up to the trainer to understand these particular preferences and build them into the training plan to guarantee maximum adherence to the training program. There is nothing better than to see a customer enjoy (the outcome of) his or her training sessions.
- The requirements are non-negotiable or “must have” items, which can apply to both sides. This can be something like a customer requiring to have fix training times or training day. From the personal trainer’s side, this could mean the inclusion of certain “staple” exercises that are required to achieve a particular goal (i.e. in case of injury prevention or sports performance) even though the customer might not like that particular exercise too much, that particular exercise is considered a “must have” or “staple”.
Designing an exercise program is very similar to medicine prescription: exercise type, duration, intensity and frequency play an essential role in its efficacy and have to be adjusted to the customer’s goals as well as health and fitness profile. It is this approach that has helped our clients to consistently reach their goals.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us in case you have further questions or want to set up an appointment.