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Personal Training practised by one referred to as ‘Personal Trainer‘ or ‘Fitness Trainer‘ or ‘Personal Fitness Trainer’ or ‘Fitness Professional’ or ‘Weight Trainer’ is one of the fastest growing professions today. So, what is this field of Personal Training? And why is there a need of this field of Personal Training?
Metabolic Disorders, early ageing with physical degeneration and obesity are on an exponential rise affecting the quality of life. All research indicates a strong co-relation between sedentary lifestyle and disease and all cause mortality. So, this increased emphasis on health and fitness for disease prevention has opened the doors for a new field of profession ie. ‘Personal Training / Fitness Training‘. The average lifespan is increasing and along with it lifestyle related disorders and diseases. The middle and young age groups are now showing an increasing rate of incidence of lifestyle related metabolic disorders. Childhood Obesity is also rising at alarming rates, again predisposing these children to metabolic and musculoskeletal degenerative disorders at a very young age. The common link with disease is sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. With all research showing a very strong relationship between sedentary lifestyle and disease, the requirement of educated and skilled fitness professionals is on a phenomenal rise with an exponential career growth projection. The requirement of qualified and skilled fitness trainers is at its peak level and is most likely to keep increasing over the upcoming years. As per international estimates, the projected growth rate is 8.4% annually from a period from 2014 to 2024 which is faster than average for all occupations. Going by global trends, India should also have similar or even better growth rate estimates.
Who is a “Personal Trainer” or a “Fitness Trainer”? A Personal Trainer is a healthcare / fitness professional skilled to prescribe and teach exercises to healthy people and to people with medical disorders but with medical clearance to exercise. Based on this, our course is designed to create Fitness Trainers to fulfill the above criteria. Accordingly, we have prepared a syllabus so that a student acquires the right knowledge, skills and abilities to become a complete Fitness Professional.
Based on this our course module covers the following topics and you will learn about :-
The human body and its working in relation to health, fitness, exercise, disease prevention and disease modification.
Techniques of counselling and motivation to become successful trainers and coaches.
Initial client assessments to assess a client before they start exercising in order to understand
1.Who can start exercising right away
2.Who could be having a medical condition and should be referred to a doctor first before beginning an exercise programme, or
3.Who should be referred to another exercise specialist.
Exercise Scheduling and Programming
1.Anaerobic training ( resistance training and cardio )
3.Flexibility and mobility training
4.Injury prevention exercises
5.Special populations with common medical conditions like neck pains, back pains, diabetes, high blood pressure etc.
6.Introduction to advanced training techniques,
7.Comprehensive exercise planning combining all above aspects.
Gym Floor working :-
1.How to write exercise cards
2.How to maintain basic records
5.Legal and Municipal requirements
6.First Aid with CPR AED and emergency procedures.
Personality Development – grooming, manners, gym floor etiquettes, communication skills, trainer-client interactions, use of technology (computers), bio data writing, interview skills etc.
Basics of nutrition and hydration for health and performance.
Introduction to other forms of training modalities like Yoga, Power Yoga, Pilates, Kettlebells training, Suspension training (TRX), Functional training, Cross-fit etc.
Application of all the above knowledge for understanding the difference in exercise prescriptions for fitness and for sports.
Today, people of different age groups, educational and professional backgrounds are coming to the
Fitness industry. People aspiring to become Fitness trainers and get educated in exercise and fitness
sciences are :-
1.People who have chosen exercise and fitness as a career choice from the beginning.
2.People who were obese and have undergone self transformation and want to help others to change their lives.
3.Ex - Army men (defence background) and hence have a natural inclination towards exercise and a fit and healthy lifestyle.
4.Ex – Sportsmen.
5.Already working as a Trainer but wants to get educated.
So the need of the hour is to create a course that caters to the needs of people coming from all varied backgrounds of education and experience. The need is for a course that will teach and equip an individual with the knowledge, skills and abilities to become educated, successful and result-oriented fitness professionals who can work with clients to improve fitness, prevent disease and who can work in sync with medical and paramedical professionals to take care of people with medical problems but who have a medical clearance to exercise.
The entire syllabus and chapters here onwards are written and compiled purely from the above standpoints to create educated and skilled Fitness Professionals. Welcome aboard to this journey of learning and growing.