Personal Training includes guiding the client through a safe effective fitness regime that gives the client greatest physical and behavioral benefits with least amount of risk. It should also include a nutritional plan and guidance to positive behavioral change.
During 1970’s it became acceptable that both men and women to go to the gym, undoubtedly prior to that it was male bodybuilders and power lifters who had their home inside the gym, during those days people became more body conscious, educated therefore interested in training in the gyms. In the early days of personal training during 1990’s personal trainers where those who were the gym rats with a good body image who could just tell you how to lift weights. But today the world has changed it is more than lifting weights …
Fitness centers in Maldives started offering personal training during late 1990’s when some of the fitness centers introduced it as a service to the clients; I have seen the early days and experienced those days as one of the pioneer personal trainer who sold my service to a client during 1995, since then the industry has grown in the Maldives too. But it’s quite unfortunate that today when I sit back being an educator for personal trainers the community is with pouring complains about the service and what personal trainers offer.
Today’s personal training industry in Maldives faces serious issues, serious challenges if the present trainers need to establish them as professionals in the industry, as well as if they want to take the industry with a proper reputation to the next generation they need deliver the service a personal trainer should deliver. We need a lot of work to be done to administer the frame work of personal trainers nationwide.
Here are just three questions I ask from the people who have personal trainers, if you answer “NO” to any one of these it’s not worth working with your personal trainer as it’s simply a waste of money and time.
1 - Is your personal trainer working with you on a one on one basis on the hour you are in for working out?
2 - Did your personal trainer conduct “fitness assessments” on the first day of starting your workout, and did he/she continue to assess your fitness levels once in every 6 weeks (maximum time frame, most preferably 4 weeks) to show your progress?
3 - Have you experienced that your personal trainer is not in the gym when you arrived and has assigned his/her fellow trainer to look after you?
I can understand that this is a difficult task to bring this on line, as most of the trainers will argue that they have to take unlimited clients as what the fitness centers pay them as personal training charges are too low. Surprisingly this argument is also valid, in fact this is true when it comes to some centers they just rip off trainer for using the facility.
Here are the lower limit charges I found out which goes around in different countries, and the argument of the personal trainers in Maldives is right looking into it.
What could be the solution?
To be continued …