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The Fitness Zone

Are You Exercising Safely?
July 9, 2014

One of your responsibilities as a Personal Trainer is to educate your clients on the importance of training safely. Not only will this ensure that they maximise their exercise potential, but it will also prevent injuries.

As a Personal Trainer, you interact with a number of clients who have varying skillsets and struggles. Thankfully, through your fitness training you are adequately equipped to not only cater for each client, but also discipline them and their routines.

Reduce your clients' chances of sustaining an injury by instilling in them the following guidelines.

Warming Up

Before exercising, it's imperative that your clients stretch their muscles. By dedicating a good five to 10 minutes to warming up, they will loosen their muscles and increase their body temperature. This will work to prepare the body for the increased circulatory demands that come with exercise.

Water

As with all areas of health and fitness, water is an essential part of exercising safely. Dehydration will contribute to fatigue and poor performance, so ensure at least 500mL of water is consumed an hour before exercise, as well as sipping fluids every 15 minutes during exercise.

Modify the Routine

If your client is experiencing discomfort, pain or excessive fatigue during exercise, they are likely working the affected muscle groups too hard. To prevent overworking, ensure their exercise plans are modified to accommodate for their body and fitness levels. When possible, encourage cross-training with other sports and exercises.

First Aid Qualified

First Aid certifications expire every three years, while CPR needs to be renewed yearly. Without these up-to-date qualifications, you're unable to register with Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia, or stay insured. It will also make your client feel safe knowing that you will be able to offer your client assistance in case of an accident.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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