Benefits of Personal Sports Training

Personal training takes on many forms. What comes to mind when you hear about training with a professional? When most people think of personal training, they think right away about working out in a gym, doing some sort of resistance exercise training, like lifting weights. However, personal training can take on many forms, including personal sports training.

Basically, a personal trainer is a coach. But this coach works one-on-one with their clients rather than with an entire team. The goal is to condition the athlete, body and mind, so they will get the most out of their sports training, and their performances.

Many personal sport trainers will have an area of expertise, focusing on a single sport. Alternately, others may focus their training and specialize further by coaching a single skill, such as pitching or sprinting off the block. Personal sport trainers who specialize in one individual sport will, or should, have extensive training and experience working in their specific field. It's not usual to find a retired professional baseball player training with younger baseball players. The coach may be retired, but they still have a love of the game. General sports trainers may work on overall conditioning, to help their clients achieve maximum fitness levels.

Many people may not feel they need personal sports training, but even multimillion dollar professional athletes, from tennis and football stars to golfers and race-car drivers, all have coaches. Like all coaches, personal trainers work with their clients to set goals and motivate their clients to achieve their objectives.

How to Evaluate your Personal Sports Training

The sport trainer's primary goal is determining the fitness goals and then working to achieve them. This starts with an evaluation. This is completed by a client evaluation of skills sets and baseline fitness levels.

Performance Enhancement: Making the Grade

When the primary goal is to improve the athletic performance, there will be time spent working to remove flaws in form, correcting simple athletic mistakes, and identifying anything else that is holding you back from realizing full potential. This is the primary reason professional athletes work with personal coaches: to eliminate bad habits. Often they don't even realize they have a poor habit. Instead they just feel that “something” is not right or they have reached a plateau that can't get over.

Motivational Benefits for Personal Sports Training

It's completely natural for a person to lose motivation the longer they are involved in something, including sport. Most sports training programs begin with the right intentions. Without a partner in your training, you can start to lose interest, feel bored, and just simply lose some of the initial motivation and enthusiasm. You can start to wonder why you started in the first place. Here is where the trainer becomes invaluable, keeping the athlete motivated through encouragement and support.

A personal sports trainer is able to recognize when you have reached a plateau: that point in training where the body has become accustomed to the training routine. They recognize when you are at the point where no further gains will happen. By knowing when a plateau has been achieved, the trainer can adjust the routine so that you will continue improving.

Safety: Personal Sports Training

Safety issues are one reason why sports training may be indicated for non-professional athletes. Laws can vary widely from state to state regulating personal sports training certification, but personal sports trainers should be certified by an accredited agency, have verifiable experience in their area of specialty and training in emergency medical procedures such as first aid and CPR, in case an emergency situation should arise.