The purpose of a personal trainer is to coach clients individually according to their fitness needs, through an agreed exercise/physical activity plan and assist with behavioral change.
A personal trainer’s role includes designing, implementing and evaluating exercise/physical activity programs for a range of individual clients by collecting and analyzing client information to ensure the effectiveness of personal exercise programs.
A personal trainer should also actively encourage potential clients/members to participate in and adhere to regular exercise/physical activity programs, employing appropriate motivational strategies to achieve this.
IATD Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) scope of practice
– Having and maintaining a working knowledge of human anatomy and the concepts of functional exercise, basic nutrition and fundamental principles of exercise science
– An ability to design and execute individual and small group exercise fitness programs, tailored to the needs and attainable goals of the individual, apparently healthy client, in a safe and effective way
– An understanding for the need and importance of screening and client assessment; proficiency in conducting these evaluations initially and progressively
– A desire to help clients reach their health and fitness goals through appropriate cardiovascular, flexibility and resistance exercise
– An ability to motivate others in an encouraging and uplifting way towards improving their overall fitness and health
– A dedication to maintaining personal integrity, client confidentiality and professional standards for best practice
– A dedication to self-improvement, self-awareness, continuous learning, personal growth and development with regard to personal health, fitness and mental capacity