Every December I set intentions to strive for in the upcoming year. While writing my intentions in 2015, I had this desire to REALLY give back and spend time working with an organization that speaks to me. I discovered The Her Initiative through the power of Instagram seeing the lovely Jenna Kutcher talk about her experience. Since then I kept 'Her' on my radar and was inspired by their efforts, grace and compassion.
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Personal trainers play an extremely important role in both preserving and improving the health and safety of clients’ bodies and lives. Most individuals see their doctor only once or twice a year, but see their personal trainer once or twice a week. So, the quality of the information and the recommendations that we provide in our practice must be well researched, tailored and proven effective.
A solid combination of advanced education and valuable experience are key components in building a successful and safe training practice. At DIAKADI we require that our trainers have a minimum 3 years of experience in their career and that they maintain a higher than normal standard of fitness continuing education. With the overwhelming number of options out there, how can you be sure you are selecting the most reliable and strongest fit for your initial certification and education? We hope that the information we share will assist beginning trainers as they select their best education path. We also hope this deep-dive will help our clients understand the different paths our trainers have taken to become the coaches they are today.
What does it take to be a trainer? During the certification or undergrad process, they teach you a bunch about anatomy, physiology, and how to work with clients that have a history of diabetes. You gruel for hours over pages on pages of anatomical positions, trying to find ways to help you remember the difference between the sagittal vs. transverse plane. Unfortunately, what they seem to skip through is how to be a personal trainer. Sure, you have to know your books. But, how do you get people through the door and signed up as your client?