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How does screening and consulting before exercise help you and your client?

Personal Trainers have a legal duty to ensure they minimise any risks and maximise the benefits of exercise for their clients.

Screening clients ensures that you have in depth knowledge of their previous physical states and medical knowledge. This ensuring that you are either able to create an effective programme for them as they are ready for exercise or that you must refer them to a GP to get clearance on a potential risk. Read More

How can feedback inspire a client?

Every client should finish a personal training session with a sense of accomplishment, and satisfaction. This is an aspect which the personal trainer can encourage.

It is vital to provide honest, informative and constructive feedback on client performances both during and after the session. The feedback given can improve a client’s technique, keep them motivated and help with future performance. Read More

Working with vulnerable individuals

Safeguarding and the welfare of children and vulnerable adults means ensuring their safety, protecting them against maltreatment and removing any risk of harm, neglect or abuse.

All organisations and individuals within a professional position such as personal trainers, fitness instructors and sports massage therapists have a responsibility in relation to safe guarding.

All organisations have several responsibilities including: Read More

Should Personal Trainers contemplate sharing clients?

Personal Trainers work endless hours, 7 days a week sometimes. Trying to fit in a workout, food and being readily available for your clients can be quite a hard task.

Therefore, why don’t PT’s share their clients between other trainers and professionals in order to get the best for them? It also ensures you aren’t burning out!

Firstly, its essential when to know if you need to share your clients’ needs with a fitness professional. We all want to give our client 100% and ensure they reach their goals, however sometimes the client may have factors contributing to a high risk which are out of your hands. In this scenario, if you have any doubts about your client’s health, if they have any physical injuries such as sprains, or even if they are over the age of 69. A medical professional must be consulted beforehand, to ensure the training won’t cause them any harm. (Please see our other blog ‘Reasons why you may refer clients to other professionals’ for more information on this) Read More

Velocity PT Academy are proud to announce…

Velocity PT Academy are proud to announce that we are now educational partners with DW Fitness First!

This partnership ensures that once students have completed their Level 3 Personal Training qualifications, they are guaranteed an interview with DW Fitness First. This provides a massive opportunity for newly qualified students, as DW are a huge fitness company operating throughout the UK. Read More

The value of reflective practice.

After a personal training session, the trainer should take some time to reflect on it.

The trainer can review both the client’s performance and their own. The trainer can use their own observations and thoughts alongside feedback and thoughts from the client, regarding the session. A reflective practitioner can look at a session objectively to identify successes and areas for improvement.

Session reflection can include:

  • Client achievement in relation to the session objectives.
  • Use of motivational techniques and their effect on the client.
  • Whether the instructional skills suited the client’s needs.

The process of reflection or reflective practice and critically analysing your actions is an important aspect of good working practice. It enables you to learn from experience and strive to change and improve occupational competence. Read More

Emergency procedures in a fitness environment

Prevention is the main priority for managing emergencies in a fitness environment. Organisations and their staff need to be aware of all potential hazards, evaluating the likelihood and severity, and how to aim to eliminate or control them.

There are many potential hazards in a fitness environment. If they are not identified and managed effectively, they will increase the risk of accidents and emergencies.

  • A hazard is anything that can cause harm- Classified by:

-Minor injury- Low rating

-Injury lasting 3 days or more- Medium rating Read More

Forming effective relationships

Working relationships exist within all professions and are developed between individuals and groups for a variety of purposes.

Relationships can occur between clients and customers, working colleagues, managers and other professionals passing on information. It is essential these relationships appear as it ensures an efficient and professional delivery, of all services enhancing the reputation of the organisations and industry overall. There are many important reasons to develop and maintain effective client relationships, these are: Read More

Methods of gathering screening information

It is a legal and ethical matter that every client should be thoroughly screened, before they begin an exercise programme. The screening should assess their health status, fitness levels and readiness to exercise.

What are the different way in which you can get the screening information?

Questionnaire– This method allows the instructor to gather specific information about the client’s health issues and readiness for exercise. It is the best method if you have limited time as it doesn’t require face to face interaction and can be relatively quick to complete depending on the amount of questions. However, questionnaires don’t allow for clarification of questions and the ability to explain answers resulting in answers which aren’t completely true. There are various questionnaires available which can be given to clients such as: Read More

How would you select the most appropriate method of collecting client information?

Personal trainers have a legally bound duty to minimise the risks and maximise the benefits of exercise for their clients and to protect themselves from litigation.

It is therefore essential that, prior to participation, clients are:

– Screened to identify risks of potential risks of participation that may need to be referred to the GP for clearance.

– Consulted to gather information that can be used to guide the planning of the personal training programme. This may include the client’s: Read More