Updated: Feb 21, 2019
When I decided to undertake a personal training course in France, we covered several topics as part of the course; biomechanics, techniques for exercising, body notions and nutritional basics, amongst others.
Something I enjoy today, as I did then, is my own personal training, as well as training other people. Since I was a child I played rugby and exercised until it reached the point that I no long even thought about this physical dimension to my life.
When you become a Personal Trainer, however, you start to consider the mental processes behind exercise and the potentially shared mindset that is part of personal or group training.
Training in a gym, you soon realise, is not a straightforward, natural process. To make it appear natural, you need to appreciate some basic exercise principles and knowledge about living a healthy lifestyle. And it is in understanding and communicating these workout foundations that is at the heart of my job.
Or, to put it another way, a successful Personal Trainer is able to make people feel confident about their bodies and what they can achieve, and can also allow people to feel confident when they use their bodies to exercise.
The actual training part of a good workout requires mental effort, as it is important to focus on what the individual in question can achieve (using the right good techniques, good posture and an intelligently structured workout programme).