When I tell people I’m a Personal Trainer I’m met with a range of responses, one of which is “who needs a Personal Trainer anyway?”
In the interests of time, I’ll give you my best 3 reasons:
when you are new to exercise, everything is daunting.
The thoughts racing through your mind…am I doing this right? Where should I be feeling this? Am I going to be able to walk tomorrow? Why didn’t I just stay at home on the couch? Is everyone watching make an idiot of myself?
The Personal Trainer is there to teach you to move safely so that you don’t get injured and that you learn the best exercises for your body.
As a former teacher, one of my skills is breaking tasks/movements down into smaller pieces and making them easier. In the fitness industry we call it ‘regressing’, in teaching its called ‘scaffolding’. Either way, when all you want to do is blend in and get it right, you need someone who will guide you. My role as a personal trainer is to teach you movement skills so you can head to a gym or a class. And more importantly, through life.
2. Working with your Allied Health Professional
This might be a women’s health physiotherapist, dietician, chiropractor, perhaps even a counsellor or psychologist.
The role of the Personal Trainer is to work to get the best outcomes for your body. This often involves forming a team with you and your Allied Health Professional and working together to assist with rehabilitation. It may even mean referring you out for treatment. At Your Story Fitness we encourage new mums to see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist before they start, so we can be confident we know about any pelvic floor or other concerns and incorporate that into our programming.
As a PT it is not my role to diagnose nor treat muscle-skeletal imbalances, write you a diet nor prescribe vitamins. That is why I have a book full of names and numbers of health practitioners. I know which provider gets best results for particular concerns, and who is best fit for clients’ personal needs.
The biggest benefit for you is that I will assist with your rehabilitation.
The biggest benefit for you is that I will assist with you rehabilitation. As a PT session is longer than a treatment appointment with an Allied Health Professional, so it allows time for movement and discussion. I am often told by my clients that they have learnt more from a one-hour consult with me about their pelvic floor than they have with their physio. This is usually because as a PT I have time to provide a full explanation, rather than the need focus on what exercises to do and how often. I will run you through your rehab exercises prescribed by a physio, and I will contact you during the week and make sure you’re doing them.
my most important role as a Personal Trainer is to guide you to feel confidence in your own body.
For women diagnosed with injury or prolapse, often there is a fear of exercise. “What can I do that won’t make this condition worse?” is a common question. Working with an experienced and educated PT can help women move in a way that is safe for their body.
I have worked with many clients with prolapse and my goal is always to get women moving with confidence. One particular client work with had been told she couldn’t exercise because she had prolapse. So she didn’t. Then she realised that she wanted to exercise. So she went to a personal trainer who hadn’t heard of a pelvic floor, let alone prolapse. Luckily, my client found me through Michelle Wright at mishfit.
The first time we worked together, we worked for about 20mins and that was plenty hard enough! These days she exercises with me for an hour a week, takes a regular pilates class, participates in a weekly dance class and also an early-morning yoga class. She loves it! And so do I! We worked together so she could learn to trust her body again. To know her body better than anyone else. She now knows which movements are better than others, and which to avoid. She now has confidence to try lots of different things.
I call that a win. Wouldn’t you like to feel that way too?
P.S. for the month of August 2017 I’m running a promotion that you could win 8 weeks’ FREE personal training with me. If this idea appeals to you, you can enter here