Personal training will be one of the best investments you can ever make in your entire life. Of course this is largely based on the fact that you are choosing a skilled, educated, and high caliber personal trainer. Unfortunately 80% of the trainers out there (no that is not an official stat, it is simply based on my experience) are not worth your money and time investment.
Imagine this. Your car just doesn’t seem to be working properly. So you stop in at the auto mechanics, park in the front lot and sit down in their office. After a brief talk about what you think may be wrong with the car the mechanic recommends a series of parts replacements and services for you and attempts to make you purchase those services immediately.
That is ridiculous.
What if there is nothing wrong with your car? What if what you think is wrong with your car is not accurate because you do not know very much about your how cars work? There is absolutely no way a mechanic can know how to fix your car without a thorough history of the issue and a hands on physical assessment of your automobile.
Trainers should do the same thing. They should do a thorough physical assessment of your body and mind before every prescribing a program for you. They should get to know your goals, expectations, time frame and needs through a sit down discussion. They should examine your health and fitness history. And they MUST do a physical assessment of your body. They need to be aware of any biomechanical imbalances, limitations, and injuries. They need to assess injuries and your current fitness level.