Couple is better than alone
The back hurts, the weight is over the limit and the condition was also better. In the Gym? It’s frustrating. Go for a walk? Too boring. A personal trainer that tailors to your own needs is a good alternative. How to find the right coach explains Jörn Giersberg. The well-known personal trainer works with many German celebrities and is often an expert on TV as a guest.
Who stands in front of the camera, rarely trains alone. For example, Superstar Madonna has one, as well as singer Katy Perry and Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise: They work with a personal trainer. Because nothing comes from nothing. But not only stars and starlets, managers and politicians increase their fitness under individual guidance, but now quite a lot of normal people. “A good personal trainer knows where his client is, knows his goals, his time horizon and is able to assess the training progress, he has developed a precise plan for his client, he can explain, demonstrate and motivate,” says Coach Jörn Giersberg (www. figurtrainer.de) the difference between his work and training in the gym.
Who is really qualified?
Compared to the studios, the number of private coaches is much smaller: The German Association of Personal Trainers e.V. (BPT), which sets high standards for the professionalism of its members, currently has around 700 coaches. “In addition, there are still a few thousand athletes and recreational trainers who offer personal training on a part-time basis,” says Jörn Giersberg, who belonged to the board of the association for about six years.
“The profession is not protected, everyone can call themselves that, no matter what qualification and suitability he brings,” he warns. To find a competent coach, the personal recommendation of a friend is well suited, but also the search on reputable coach portals like personalfitness.de or premium-personal-trainer.com.
The search for a personal trainer
In a second step, Giersberg recommends that you check the websites of potential candidates: “What is your trainer’s education? Is this a recognized technical qualification? Is there a sports college diploma? What references are there? What are his or her special areas?” Giersberg lists the important questions on. For example, certificates from the German Fitness Trainer Association e.V., the SAFS & BETA Academy, the AHAB Academy and the Damp Academy are serious.
The basic training for a personal trainer is the “B-license”, which requires a B-certificate as a fitness trainer. “Optimal is a degree from a sports university or university, because with it, the coach has acquired a very comprehensive view of his work,” says Jörn Giersberg. If a tax number is also stated in the imprint, one can assume that he has serious ambitions.
The First meeting
For the first appointment the coach comes into the house or you meet in the gym. The future client tells what he wants to achieve and what he expects from him. “Now he should introduce his training concept, should get to know the client and, above all, be able to listen,” Jörn Giersberg explains his claim to a good coach. “If he only does self-expression without going into the client, I would not take him.” The candidate should, so Giersberg, conclusively and practically explain his actions. “He has to integrate the most important health aspects of the client, to answer questions clearly, to go into aspects like nutrition and develop a first strategy,” adds Giersberg. “The coach is the expert in what he does – and he must be able to convey that in a relaxed way.”
Sympathy plays an important role
He knows from a long experience: “In conversation and during training, you can see if he can do something.” The coach should be able to convey his authority without drill. And clearly: sympathy also plays a role. Because it is particularly important “to build trust in the client and to be able to talk to him about all sorts of topics”. Only in this way is training not a prescribed appointment in the calendar, “but a motivating, enriching encounter that improves fitness.” Jörn Giersberg emphasizes these aspects apart from free time selection and an individual exercise program, especially training in the gym. You train with the coach – not alone.
Booking and frequency
But those who book personal training, need a little budget: “It is common today for many coaches, even for the first hour to settle a fee,” he explains the business. However, this is often waived when the client books after a few days of reflection or directly a block of ten. He is usually to pay in advance. “This creates a commitment that is extremely important for the training goal,” says Jörn Giersberg. According to his experience, otherwise – depending on the time, desire and mood of the clients – there will be permanent, short-term cancellations. Does not cost anything. But a coach has to be able to plan his time in order to be fully present for each of his clients.
But how often the coach comes, depends on the individual requirement and need. “Working with an actor naked in front of the camera in four weeks, I work harder than if someone wants to get their basic fitness, so it may be enough to see yourself only once a week.”