Forgetting that I am a Personal Trainer...
Updated: Mar 13, 2022
Although I’m currently spending most of the day offering personal training, I’m probably recognized more as a Boxing Coach rather than a Personal Trainer.
Understandable considering it’s the side of the business I decided to focus on in Malta and enjoy far more than just generic personal training, which I did for years.
The flip side of that is that clients presume I’m just a one trick pony and don’t realize/forget, that I am qualified to help them even more….and at no extra cost!
I gained my Diploma in Personal Training with Premier Training in 2009, a 10 week residential course, 35 hours a week and cost me around £3500. Although it was a bit pricey at the time, Premier were/are market leaders and if I’m going to do anything, I’ll do it properly.
Below are a couple of links and dodgy old photos from the UK and my training with Premier
Apart from learning exercises etc that you would expect from a PT course, we also covered in detail the areas below…
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of the Major Body Systems The first two weeks purely on how the body works!
Concepts and Components of Fitness Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Muscular endurance, Flexibility, Body Composition
Professionalism including ethics, positioning, customer service and health and safety
Exercise Considerations for the Older Population and Pregnancy
Nutritional Advice for Physical Activity One week on just food and the impacts on the body
Advanced Nutrition for Weight Management My nutritional qualifications are valid in most countries around the world but not in Malta because I didn’t study in Malta…
Health and Fitness Appraisal, Lifestyle Analysis and Stress Management
Special Populations and Postural Analysis including obesity, diabetes, asthma and orthopaedic conditions
Core Training, Periodisation and Programme Design for strength, power, hypertrophy and aerobic fitness.
I’ve also recently completed an Online course for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Admittedly it was one of the cheap online ones that I criticise so often but it’s still an additional 30 hours of knowledge, that I’ve no intention at all of charging extra for.
So apart from coming across as a proper smart arse, what was the actual point of this post??
Firstly, to raise awareness…clients have been asking more and more PT/nutrition related questions recently and seem genuinely surprised that I have plausible answers :D
Secondly…the job of a PT seems very much different now to when I first started, this could be down to change in country or the climate of the last two years. Now there appears to be a growing emphasis on general wellbeing, alongside weight loss and increasing overall fitness etc.
Most importantly I am not changing the services that I currently offer…there is no need as business is very strong at the moment and I’m enjoying it more than ever.
I’m just making people aware of the additional skills and knowledge that I can offer, at no additional cost :)