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Sometimes the gym happens to us like the ones who will make the bungee jump but dare not start: we need a boost. Lack of time, difficult schedules and, let's not say, even the huge mess of exercises, classes and techniques are forcing us to have professional help. This seems more logical but it has not always been the case. Just a few years ago, going to the gym meant training with a friend who knew about the topic or asking the center monitor to make a table for us. Those wonderful tables with cartoons and exercises, two muscles a day, how many repetitions and how many groups. Now having a personal trainer by your side is a trend because it facilitates the process, it saves us time … and motivates us to move forward. And whoever says motivator says strength.

In fact, since 2006, personalized training is featured in the Top 10 of trends published annually by the Survey of Fitness Trend Survey, published by ACSM (School of Sports Medicine in the US) and continues there. In 2018, the use of professional help to train us ranks # 8 in terms of trends we will see in gyms, so it does not seem to lose any momentum at the moment. "Personal trainers continue to be an essential part of gyms, whether in a personalized way, with only one user, or in group classes", notes the aforementioned report. However, the same analysis explains how complicated it is still to determine precisely the name of this type of professional and the necessary preparation, as the rules governing this profession "are very different depending on the countries and even cities or states in the those we meet "

This is probably the most complicated part of all, both to exercise and to find the right professional. Basically, in Spain every Autonomous Community has different requirements. For example, in Madrid, & # 39; personal trainers & # 39; act as physical trainers and that is why they need a bachelor's degree or a physical education degree. In other cities this is not necessarily the case, and requirements go through degrees or even professional certifications. In any case, the image of this personal trainer (though this nomenclature is incorrect) is very common in sports centers and gyms of all kinds. But what exactly do they do?

At GQ Spain we talk to Adolfo Madrid, a physical trainer, physiotherapist and functional recoverer who nevertheless defines himself as a "physical and health status advisor". As he explained, his main function shifts to two main points: to take care of health and to work on specific objectives. Although Madrid works primarily with professional athletes seeking to "improve specific aspects and work in a personalized way", the process for each of us must be the same. " Ideally, a person should have a pre-test, analytics, stress tests … We don't know what's happening to them and we can't risk them, "he tells us. Although it seems like going to the gym is a good thing from the system, the truth is that the point The ideal starting point would be, according to experts, to know in what physical state we are, from there, working "with quality communication" between the two parties, the preparer and the user, in achieving concrete objectives and raising new ones when they are achieved. .

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José A. Ruiz, a physical trainer working in Valencia, also explains that the communication part is essential "to choose which professional you want to work with" as it is necessary to know each person's real situation in order to work of a Personal Trainer really makes sense. "If you have any type of injury, if you are overweight, this will limit us when choosing exercises, if you want to work something out specifically … information is vital." He also tells us how we should approach one of these professionals. "The perfect thing for any person is to do physical activity of some sort every day, this would be the ideal approach. Since it is often difficult, working with a specially trained preparer can be very rewarding. I would propose three sessions a week, approximately one hour long, following the coach's steps "That would be, according to the expert, a good start to the journey.

For the expert, "our job is important in choosing the right exercises for each person and each target. There are no unique programs because, although there are routines that are especially good for most, it is very important to adapt to specific needs "In addition, there is also the point of motivation." Yes, the truth is that it usually works that way, motivation is important, and having a person near you that pushes you to go further always improves results. "Although he insists, 'There is no miracle workout, not even a physical trainer on your part. Work is work and we must always strive. "Well, that.

And who are the most sought after professionals of this kind? Well, according to the Survey of Fitness Trend Survey document, " The public is increasingly looking for qualified and certified professionals, is a growing trend. In fact, the number of users requiring a physical trainer to qualify has increased by 50% in the last two years. "That is, the trend continues in our gyms, but we are no longer satisfied with any service, we demand that the physical trainer has a real specialization. And here comes the real wonder of all this: because if the associated training is presented in position number 8 on the list … the job and the train to get some sort of certification are placed two higher places: those who require requirements to be able to exercise properly.

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