People hire a certified personal trainer for many different reasons. Our primary job is to educate and motivate you by providing as many extrinsic motivational factors as possible, while assisting you to establish as many intrinsic motivational reasons to continue on to achieve your long-term goals. As such, it is customary for you and the trainer to sit down and discuss some of your reasons for wanting their help, including your short & long term goals, eating habits, any fitness activities that you would favor over others, as well as any emotional drivers you’re willing to discuss pertaining to your exercise outlook and long term success. Likewise, a CPT has a duty to ask you some very important questions about your health and exercise history. Not only is this due diligence by the trainer, but your answers will help set the precedence for how they will structure your program.
Assuming the CPT has provided and asked you to obtain clearance to exercise by your primary healthcare physician, they will also ask you to provide them with some additional information. Also, they will be taking some measurements to obtain the data needed in order to provide you with a personalized, properly structured, and safe exercise program. You should be ready to provide the following information to the fitness professional at the time you are asked for it.
1. A confidential health history, along with a Par-Q or ACSM health status questionnaire. A physician’s clearance form with any exercise limitations if applicable. This form should include any and all medications that could have a possible effect on physiological function during exercise…As an example; If you happen to be on a beta-blocker drug to control high blood pressure, your trainer will ask you to gauge your effort level using a perceived exertion chart during aerobic exercise, as beta-blocker drugs suppress heart rate, so your CPT will not be able to measure your exertion level by manually taking your heart rate.
2. A goals questionnaire that discusses in detail what goals you want to achieve, in what time frame, etc.
3. A fitness assessment form with recorded baseline measurements from as many aspects of fitness as possible, including resting & exercising blood pressure, weight, height, girth measurements, body-fat percentage, along with any other strength, flexibility, and performance assessments that the CPT deems important to structure a safe, personalized program that will help you meet your goals, and a baseline from which to chart your progress...
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