National Personal Trainer Awareness Month is celebrated annually during the entire month of January. As a new year and new month start, many people begin working on their resolutions, or making up for last year’s unsuccessful ones! Losing weight or getting more physically fit are often two of the most likely goals to be set. That is what makes this holiday so timely. We get to have an entire month that’s set aside to appreciate the men and women who guide, train, and motivate us in the correct way to keep our health resolutions all year round.
History of National Personal Trainer Awareness Month
A personal trainer is someone with a certification that proves their level of competency in creating and implementing safe and effective exercise programs for individuals or groups. They must conduct a health screening to determine if their client is fit to work out. This may include assessments of cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular fitness, balance, flexibility, and core strength. Skill-related parameters like agility, coordination, speed, and power can also be observed to be able to develop an effective exercise program.
The client’s goals must also be considered, that’s why communication between trainer and individuals is key. Some train for short-term goals like getting fit enough to run 5K. Others train for long-term goals like shedding and keeping off weight. Trainers can also advise clients about nutrition and general health. In general, most personal trainers make exercise plans for resistance and aerobic exercises, as well as flexibility training. Stretching is important for any exercise or sport, so this may be included in the program too.
Qualification standards for personal trainers differ between countries. Accreditation is a process that gives a certification of competency as a personal trainer. Testimonials from satisfied clients who have achieved their goals while working with their personal trainer can also be considered an accreditation. Whatever their credentials, a client-centered approach is needed to help them reach their full potential as well as achieve their desired health and fitness targets.
National Personal Trainer Awareness Month timeline
Englishman Francis Lowndes invents the ‘Gymnasticon,’ an exercise machine resembling a stationary bicycle.
Gymnastics educator Friedrich Jahn opens the first ‘Turnplatz’ or open-air gymnasium in the south of Berlin.
Jack Lalanne starts the first health and fitness club in Oakland, California.
Lalanne hosts a show which would become the longest-running exercise program on American television.
U.S. actress Jane Fonda releases an exercise video that heralds a boom in women’s exercise classes and opens up the male-dominated fitness industry to women.
National Personal Trainer Awareness Month FAQs
Are there any drawbacks to hiring a personal trainer?
The cost of hiring a personal trainer can be an issue if you’re on a tight budget. Finding a personal trainer that fits your goals and lifestyle can be a challenge. Someone with the skills and personality that suit you is essential.
How many months do you need a personal trainer?
Start working with a trainer for three to six months in the beginning. There are no shortcuts to fitness but if you train consistently, you’ll reap the results.
Do personal trainers come to my home?
Personal trainers may work at your local fitness center, at places of business, at home, or through online portals.
National Personal Trainer Awareness Month Activities
Thank your personal trainer
Everyone likes positive feedback. Let them know you appreciate their efforts. Drop them a note to say that their routine is working for you.
Use this month to start eating better. A nutritious diet along with physical activity can yield better results.
Work with a personal trainer
You don’t need to be a professional athlete or movie star to have your own personal trainer. Talk to one at your local gym and see if they can help you with your fitness goals.
5 Facts About Jack Lalanne
He beat Arnold Schwarzenegger
He won a push-up and chin-up challenge when he was 54 and Schwarzenegger was 21.
He carried a football player
While training the University of California football team, he picked up their biggest player and carried him up and down the dunes to demonstrate what they needed to do.
He set a pushup world record
When he was 42, he did 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on Art Barker’s TV show, “You Asked for It.”
He kicked the roof off a plane
He flew in Schwarzenegger’s private jet and stretched his leg six feet in the air, taking out the roof.
He exercised daily until his death
At 90 years old, his early morning exercise routine consisted of two hours of training and swimming.
Why We Love National Personal Trainer Awareness Month
They motivate us
Starting a routine is one thing, sticking to it is another. A trainer can help not just in making your fitness plan, but they can guide and inspire you to reach your health goals.
They can challenge you
More than a family member or a friend, a personal trainer can safely push you. They can get you to train better, harder, and more efficiently.
They teach the proper form
A personal trainer can demonstrate the proper posture and technique. This will help you avoid injury as well as maximize the results of your workout.
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