The Benefits of a Personal Trainer to the Distance Athlete

Brent Miller

The Benefits of a Personal Trainer to the Distance Athlete

Many distance athletes are finding that there is more to training for and completing a distance event than just running.  Quite often an individual will need assistance with a training regimen, guidance to avoid injury and sometimes just good old fashioned motivation.  This is where the personal trainer can be of immense help.

Here are some key aspects to consider regarding personal trainers.

Benefits of a Personal Trainer

  • Coaching on proper form keeping the body safe and functional
  • Proper program design based upon each individual’s goals
  • Motivation to get through a push towards new goals

Finding a quality personal trainer can become a difficult task. Asking a few questions will help you decide if this person is for you.

Some Questions to Ask

  • What sort of degree or certifications do you have?
  • Have you worked with endurance athletes’ before? If so, could I get some testimonials?
  • How many people do you train?
  • What types of people do you work with?

There is so much more to being a personal trainer then an online certification. Learning the science behind the body and how it works is crucial to your success as everybody is different from the next. It is crucial that whomever you chose to work with has worked with individuals that have common goals. More than them working with someone, what kind of goals did they achieve and how did they help them achieve those goals?

Looking for a well-rounded personal trainer who has worked with all body shapes, types, sizes, etc., shows that person is able to change and vary programming towards others goals. Look for someone who has worked with both athletes and non-athletes, general goals and specific sports goals, and again check for references. What kind of person is this trainer? Most importantly, are they looking out for me the client or themselves as the trainer?

Links:  Sally Tamarkin – How to Choose the Best Personal Trainer for You.

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