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The 17 Personal Training Modules

1. Welcome

  • What is a personal trainer?
  • What does a personal trainer do?
  • The characteristics of a personal trainer
  • Setting up as a personal trainer
  • Your working hours
  • Ten factors that make a good personal trainer

2. Anatomy and physiology for personal trainers

  • Why you need to be familiar with the structure of the body.
  • The musculo-skeletal system
  • The nervous system
  • The cardiovascular system
  • The respiratory system
  • The basic energy systems
  • Adaptation to training
  • Exercise prescription

3. Getting started

  • Choosing a training location
  • What equipment do I need for a home gym?
  • Is equipment essential?
  • Getting your client to stick to a regime
  • Easing your client in
  • Assessing your client’s fitness
  • Fit? or unfit?!
  • Techniques for getting your client to keep to an exercise routine

4. Preparing a fitness plan for your client

  • How to assess your clients needs
  • Types of training regimes
  • Choosing a workout location
  • How the personal trainer works with the client
  • Checklist for what to include in a training plan

5. Getting your client to incorporate activity into their existing lifestyle

  • Being a kid
  • Office fitness
  • Household fitness

6. Helping your client choose an aerobic activity

  • Walking
  • Jogging and running
  • Cycling outdoors
  • Racket games
  • Swimming
  • Roller skating

7. Other activities to suggest to your clients

  • Stepping
  • Skiing
  • Treadmill
  • Exercise class or video
  • Trampoline
  • Dancing
  • Varying your exercise

8. Getting your clients to stretch

  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Legs and buttocks

9. Find an activity that your client enjoys

  • Don’t make your client overdo things
  • Encourage your client to enjoy themselves
  • Make it a priority
  • Find a diversion
  • Reward your client

10. Assessing and improving your client’s diet

  • Assessing your client’s current diet
  • Educating your client about a healthy and nutritious diet
  • Preparing a diet plan
  • Motivating your client to make and follow dietary changes
  • Healthy eating tips

11. Strengthening exercises

  • Push ups
  • Tricep dips
  • Sit ups
  • Squats
  • Lunges

12. Toning the upper body with light weights

  • An upper body workout
  • Shoulder (military) press
  • Chest press
  • Flys
  • Standing dumbbell rows
  • Bent over rows
  • Bicep curls Hammer curls
  • Tricep kickbacks
  • Oblique bends

13. A complete workout

  • Flexibility and stretching
  • Weight-bearing exercises (anaerobic)
  • Fat burning routines (aerobic)
  • Taking weather into account
  • Exercising mantras
  • 5 ways to help your client get over a slump

14. More stretches

  • Upper body stretches
  • Lower body stretches

15. Marketing: Finding clients and promoting your services

  • Who needs a personal trainer?
  • Where do you find private clients?
  • How do you promote your service?
  • How much should you charge?
  • Why do I need to network with other personal trainers?

16. Handing the initial enquiry

  • How to respond to an enquiry from a prospective client
  • The cautious prospect
  • Identify the client’s area of improvement
  • Demonstrate that you can help
  • Listen for buying signals
  • Move towards a sale
  • Talk about payment
  • Finishing the call
  • Next steps for the unsure prospect
  • Next steps for your new client
  • Keeping track of your prospects

17. Managing your finances

  • Setting up your business on a small budget
  • Putting together a business plan
  • How to keep financial records in four easy steps
  • Paying tax
  • Indemnity insurance

From time to time we may improve, amend or extend the items mentioned here.