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What is a Personal Trainer?

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What is a Personal Trainer?

After working nearly a decade in the Industry, I’ve become acutely aware that this question is a response to the confusion about what exactly a personal trainer does.

Do you know the answer to the question?

If yes, then that is fantastic.  If you’re not sure, then don’t worry – you are not alone.

If I had to describe it in one sentence I would say this:

“Personal trainers are responsible for applying fundamental exercise science and fitness programme design principles in order to achieve a desired level of fitness or health goals of clients in a public or private setting.”

But wait, there is more to it!

Achieving Results

A personal trainer does not just show people how to perform the exercises effectively and safely, while motivating the client for an hour or so.

An effective personal trainer has great skills and years of experience to help clients reach a fitness level that is appropriate for their body.  By gradually increasing the workout level each time, the personal trainer will push clients beyond failure; the only way to achieve visible results.

According to a study by the Michigan State University people work out harder and longer with a partner – in this case a personal trainer – who is more skilled and maintains verbal motivation.


One of the biggest problems to achieve your goals is willpower. Effective personal trainers know this and they give constant support and encouragement to their clients.  They set short and long term goals, using tools like fitness testing, measurements and qualitative indicators.

‘Self confidence’ and ‘good looks’ comes as a perk of the continuous goal setting and hard work.

A good personal trainer makes the session a rewarding experience, something to look forward to. Personal trainers often become the client’s best buddies.


The personal trainer should supply a nutritional plan that is specific to the client.  When the client is sticking to the plan the desired result will be seen rapidly.

Poor nutrition is all too often overlooked by personal trainers, because without the the proper diet their students will never achieve the results they deserve.

So hopefully this article has gone some way to explaining exactly what a personal trainer is, by explaining what they should do.

Why not check out Fabiola’s client testimonials to see what results her clients have achieved with the help of a personal trainer.

About Fabiola Detari

As a renowned fitness & nutrition expert, personal trainer Fabiola transforms everyone from businessmen to working mums, into their best shape ever

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