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In-Home Personal Trainers Can Save Lives

Suppose a person has a heart condition and high blood pressure. Maybe they also are steadily gaining weight.  It’s pretty clear where this is headed.  They are headed for a heart attack or worse.

Maybe a person has diabetes and eats whatever they want.  Add in the fact that they never exercise, and it’s pretty clear where they are headed, too.

Getting an in home personal trainer might seem like a luxury.  But people who have life-threatening conditions might need to re-think that idea.  Having a good personal trainer can actually help save a person’s life.

What Does A Personal Trainer Do?

An in-home personal trainer, first of all, comes to the home.  This is probably the most important thing the trainer does for the client.  Why?  Because motivation is usually what keeps people from joining a gym.  Once they have the gym membership, they also lack the motivation to get up and actually go to the gym.

With an in-home personal trainer, that excuse is gone.  The only requirement is that the client has to answer the door.

Once the trainer arrives, all the client has to do is follow directions.  First, the trainer will take a detailed medical history to determine the client’s current health.

Personal trainers have to be familiar with any health condition that will keep the client from reaching their health and fitness goals.  They know what kinds of exercise are good for people who are obese.  They can design a fitness program that considers the fact that the client has heart disease.

The in-home personal trainer will develop the training regimen in cooperation with the client.  A good personal trainer will never ask the client to do anything they aren’t ready for.

An in-home personal trainer will start slowly.  The first sessions will be gentle and more instructive.  As time goes on, the sessions will become more intense.  But the sessions will always be built around what the client is capable of doing on that particular day.

Certification

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies has approved many different certifications for personal trainers. Here are a few of the most well-known certifications:  National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

With so many kinds of certifications available, it’s hard to know what is the best.  So most clients look to see what certification is the most respected in the fitness industry.  Or they ask around at various health clubs to see what sort of certifications they require of their personal trainers.

The two certifications that keep popping up are ACE and NASM certifications.  So finding an in-home personal trainer with either of these two certifications will assure a quality trainer. Also, make sure that the personal trainer you choose has a certificate in first-aid so he’ll know how to provide help in case of emergencies

Why Does Certification Matter?

Having a certified in-home personal trainer is very important.  This is a person that is coming into a personal residence.  The client needs to be able to trust them.  Most importantly, the client needs to know that the trainer knows what they are doing.

Anyone who likes to work-out can just call themselves a trainer.  It is vitally important that the person coming into a residence has passed rigorous exams to make sure they know what they are doing.  It can be personally harmful when a trainer tells a client to follow a fitness regime that does not fit their bodies.

Eating

It’s not just moving the body.  In-home personal trainers also have to be concerned about what goes into the body.  In-home personal trainers can also help the client with their health goals. Some in-home personal trainers are also nutritionists.

Even if the personal trainer is not a certified dietician, most trainers include nutritional advice to their clients.  When earning certification as a personal trainer, trainers take classes in nutrition in addition to their classes on human anatomy.  Many programs include classes on asthma, heart disease, and diabetes. Learning how the human body works is an important part of learning to be a trainer.

It is estimated that over 5 million people in the United States use personal trainers, either at a gym or in the home.  There must be something to it if that many people think personal trainers are important.

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