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Hi-Tech Personal Training - The Positive Effect of Technology
April 18, 2011 | by Justin Price

With advances in Technology, the world is your oyster. While the gym still offers a great base from which to conduct personal training appointments, there are many more options created by positive advances in technology that all contribute to a dynamic and motivating career option.

  1. Pedometers. A daily target of 10,000 steps or 8kms is considered by some experts to be the ideal benchmark for an active healthy lifestyle. Outside of the gym environment, this is one option you can offer your clients, particularly if they're the outdoorsy types.
  2. Wii fitness from home.Your client is an at-home Mum requiring flexibility to do workouts from home. With wii fitness you can tailor your Personal training package to include some of the workouts on this game console whilst still maintaining the coach/mentor relationship required to stay motivated.
  3. Mapping GPS routes for running and walking. Add to your Personal Training toolbox a customised GPS route for your clients. Maybe invest in a couple of GPS devices that you could rent to your clients and incorporate the cost into your hourly fee.
  4. Dietary plans for clients.Manage clients' dietary plans with one of the many free online tools available including; calorie counting sites, online recipe folders and spreadsheets for managing weekly meals and shopping lists.
  5. A healthy social media network.Once you have built a network of Personal Trainer colleagues, friends, mentors and clients you can share event dates, post blogs and content to a facebook page alerting clients to just about anything relevant in your Personal Training business! Your clients can network with each other too.

Hopefully you have gained some insights into the evolving nature of technology and its positive impact on a personal training career.

About

Justin Price is the creator of The BioMechanics Method® Corrective Exercise Specialist (TBMM-CES) course available through Australian Fitness Network. This course is the fitness industry’s highest-rated specialty certification, and there are TBMM specialists in over 70 countries helping people alleviate pain and reach their performance goals. He is also the author of several books including the academic textbook The BioMechanics Method for Corrective Exercise. Justin is a former IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, founding author of PTA Global, and a subject matter expert for AFN, The American Council on Exercise, PTontheNET, TRX, BOSU, Arthritis Today, BBC, Discovery Health, Los Angeles Times, Men's Health, MSNBC, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, WebMD and Tennis Magazine.

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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