You may have already walked into a fitness center and been given a workout routine. The experience varies very often depending on who leads this introductory session, from exceptional service, to utter disappointment. It is for this reason that I am presenting you a series of questions that will allow you to better choose the person who will accompany you in your process of getting back into shape.e.
What is my training goal?
The goal is the basis for all physical activity interventions. Why? Because training is specific. It means that if you want to run longer you won't have the same kind of training as if you want to gain muscle mass. For example, strongman Hugo Girard really doesn’t have the same exercise routine as Olympian Alex Harvey, medalist in cross-country skiing!!
In addition, a well-formulated goal includes a measurable component that allows progress to be tracked. Generally, we aim for a SMART objective: Specific; Measurable; Attractive; Realistic and anchored in Time. Be careful, the longer the goal, the more short-term sub-goals it will need to stay on course.
(For another way of formulating its objective, I invite you to watch this video: https://fb.watch/6dWQiZPzy2/)
What is my level of motivation to achieve my goal?
If you are in doubt about your ability to stay motivated for more than a few weeks or months, perhaps you should do business with a kinesiologist specializing in motivational interviewing. This technique makes it possible to identify the level of motivation, the obstacles experienced and pushes the client to find solutions himself. Sometimes it takes someone else's point of view, a few specific questions to make a giant leap in our heads. Because we all know, MIND is super important!
How am I going to train?
- Do I have the equipment, the space to train at home, at work or outside?
- Where do I like to train?
- When am I going to train?
The answers will allow you to target:
- The location (at the gym, in nature, at home, at the gym at the workplace);
- The personality type of the coach (motivating, rigorous, teacher, etc.)
- Availability to be requested from the professionals contacted.
In addition to these 3 crucial questions, here are some more to help you choose the trainer of your dreams:
- What is my budget? Normally the more experience and knowledge the person has, the higher the price. A private training can cost from 40 to 100 $ / hour (before taxes).
- What kind of person inspires me to trust? Of course, having affinities and a relationship of trust with the person who supervises us is crucial! We must therefore choose carefully the person with whom we will build this privileged relationship. Talk to them on the phone or by video conference to see if the chemistry is there.
- What is my level of knowledge related to my goal? The lower the level of knowledge, the greater the teaching skills of the guide. Ask the professionals you interview how they plan to help you build that trust.
- Does my goal require specific expertise? If so, then ask them for their experience related to your specific goal. If it's running or climbing, they should know what they're talking about and let you know what they are all about!
- Am I comfortable that the person is under the supervision of someone else? Sometimes, because of the budget, you will want someone who costs less (often starting their career.) This should not be a problem, as long as the person is well surrounded by a course supervisor or a head coach. competent. If you have any doubts, ask to speak to this supervisor and ask him a few questions.
- Do I have any health problems that could be made worse by a change in my level of physical activity Normally, a good trainer will give you a mini quiz (called Q-AAP, X-AAP or lead a more active lifestyle) before starting the first session. They will also send you a consent form and certain instructions. If not, there's eel under the rock!
Finally, before signing anything, find out about the legally acceptable payment and contract terms fromthe Consumer Protection Office. This will allow you to better understand your rights in this matter and to see if the person selling you their services is trustworthy.
For example, here are some practices that are not allowed in Quebec:
- Request payment only for all sessions in advance (unless the amount is greater than $ 100 or if the services are scheduled for less than 3 consecutive days). There should be at least 2 payments;
- Refuse to reimburse unused sessions;
- Issue an insurance receipt in the name of someone else (either a professional who did not perform the service or in the name of someone who did not benefit from the session) or another service (massage instead of training).
I hope that all of these questions will guide you in finding that rare gem that will motivate you and get you moving safely!
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Kinesiologist certified by the Federation of Kinesiologists of Quebec (FKQ)
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