Have the required competencies to perform basic fitness assessments and needs analysis, prescribe exercise programs and provide the correct instructional techniques and modifications for special populations for activities in strength, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning in a range of personal training environments.
Most individuals seeking the guidance of a Personal Fitness Coach want to improve their general fitness, reduce pain, improve their athletic performance or lose weight and the role of a Personal Trainer is to design and guide them through safe and effective exercise programs as well as give them lifestyle advise to assist the clients in reaching their personal health and fitness goals.
What is the difference between Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer?
What does a Fitness Instructor do?
A Gym Instructor is permanently employed and based exclusively at a gym or fitness facility and is there to offer assistance to all members, for example, by teaching new members how to use gym equipment correctly and safely.
A Gym Instructor also has to ensure that members are using the correct techniques when performing any exercises. If the incorrect techniques are used, injuries could occur, so it is vital to have fitness professionals available to help members get the best results from their workouts.
Other jobs would include tidying up equipment, signing up new members, offering gym inductions and tours of the gym facilities. If qualified, they may also instruct certain group exercise classes.
For those that are not quite sure whether personal training is the right career path, by starting with the Gym Instructor qualification it can give them a rough idea of what it’s like to work in the fitness industry.
The primary focus for a Personal Trainer is to help their clients reach their health, fitness and weight loss goals. The starting point is a consultation to discuss goals, existing levels of fitness and/or any injuries. It will then assist the Personal Trainer in building a personalized exercise program, as well as advise on nutrition.
Personal trainers can work anywhere at any time, including training clients at home. Many different fitness centres, health clubs and gyms will have different propositions they give to self-employed personal trainers; where they pay a rental fee so that they can use the fitness facility’s equipment to train their clients.
Because a Personal Trainer will primarily focus on working on a one-to-one basis, they are also there to provide motivation and encouragement to ensure the client succeeds in achieving their goals. Developing this long-standing relationship is one of the key differences between that of a Personal Trainer and a Gym Instructor. While the Gym Instructor will help you, their services are utilized on a more ad hoc basis. They are not focused on you helping you achieve your personal goals.
A Personal Trainer’s clients will develop a long-standing relationship with them; whereas gym members will only use the skills of a Gym Instructor on an ad hoc base
- Practical Fitness Assessments,
- Lifestyle Screening & Risk Assessment
- Professional Ethics
- Biomechanics and Exercise Effectiveness
- Creative Functional Resistance Exercise
- Program Design for Special Population
- Nutrition Management Programming for weight control
- Metabolism & Exercise for Fat Loss
- Basic Sport Psychology
- Introduction to Management
- Business Practices