A Fitness Assessment can help you realize your barriers, understand your goal, and give you clarity about what lifestyle habits you need to change and how to get to your goals. If you have never done a fitness assessment, we highly recommend that you do whether you are hiring an in home personal trainer or making the lifestyle changes on your own. Have you ever wondered what to expect during a fitness assessment? Keep reading for more information.
Every fitness assessment will vary based on who is conducting it, but I am going to outline what every good assessment should consist of.
If you don’t have a previous relationship with the person assessing you, take some time to get to know the person. What is their background in fitness? Why did they get into fitness in the first place? The trainer who is doing your fitness assessment should be able to provide you with their certifications, post-secondary education, First Aid certificate, CPR certificate, proof of insurance, testimonials, and any other supporting documentation about their company/themselves.
DO NOT TRAIN WITHOUT PROOF OF INSURANCE – For both the safety of yourself and the trainer, all personal trainers need to carry insurance. If you are training at a gym, this will most likely be covered for the trainer by the facility. If you are training in a private setting such as your home, it is imperative that you ask for this. Without insurance, if a trainer were to hurt himself in your home, he could potentially press charges against you.
Take the introduction of the fitness assessment as a time to interview the person you may be working with. You want to make sure your trainer is competent and someone that you get along with well. Besides, you may be spending the next 3 – 12 months with this person (depending on your goals).
This section is all about YOU! In this section the trainer is asking you questions to understand your background in fitness, your habits, and family health concerns. These questions are all very important because your trainer is using these to build a program specific to you as an individual. Because no two people have the same genetics and experiences, it is best to answer these questions as honestly as possible to give your trainer the insight he/she needs to create the most effective program for you.
Here are a few topics that this section of the fitness assessment should include:
No fitness assessment would be complete without finding out where you stand in comparison to your goals. During this part of the assessment, your trainer will check your current weight, height, body mass index, basal metabolic rate, resting heart rate, blood pressure, and body measurements. Be as honest as you can, your trainer is here to help you, not judge you! This information will give the trainer a great idea of where you stand in relation to your fitness goals.
Once measurements are finished your trainer help you with goal-setting. Take time to think about why you want the goal you are reaching for. How will that goal change your life and how you feel? It’s important to know exactly why you want to reach your goal or how you want to feel when you reach your goal so that your trainer can know the best way to motivate you.
As much as everybody excels in some areas of fitness, they also have their weaknesses. The physical fitness assessment will differ depending on which company you use, but they will usually cover these 4 components.
When your physical assessment is complete it’s time to do your sample workout. At this point your trainer give you a workout that shows his/her training in action. Your workout will be challenging, but within your capabilities.
Once your trainer has all the above information he/she can then put together a program that is specific to your goals and will help you reach it within a sensible timeline. Your trainer will explain your program in detail and let you know what kind of results you can expect within each phase of your training.
When all of your questions have been answered, you will be provided with options on how you would like to move forward with your training. Your price for training is dependant on a few factors, such as:
With most companies, once you sign up, you will receive documentation about your program and a welcome package. You should have constant guidance throughout your program and the ability to contact your trainer if you have questions.
We hope we answered all of your questions regarding what to expect during a fitness assessment but if you need to know anything else feel free to comment below with questions. We wish you all the best on your weight-loss journey!
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