Ask any qualified Fitness Professional and they’ll tell you they never stop learning. With your level 3 Personal Trainer course complete that good news is you’ll be ready to start working with clients. But to become an expert in your field and to gain renowned recognition as a Master PT takes more than fitness qualifications alone.
There’s something special about the most successful Personal Trainers that stems from their inbuilt curiosity and fascination with human fitness and this spurs them on to keep on learning. It’s a bit like riding a bike. Your cycling proficiency certificate demonstrates a certain level of aptitude and skill but really mastering the gears, tricks and various stunts to maximise your speed, agility and results is a continuous journey.
Wondering if personal training is the career for you?
Here’s our cherry picked reads that will complement your fitness industry training and give you an edge.
1 – The Complete Book of Personal Training by Douglas Brooks
Just like it says in the title this is a complete resource and knowledge centre for Personal Trainers at all levels. From fitness testing to assessments, goal setting to training plan design and everything in between this has got it covered.
Not only is this book in our top spot, it’s also one of our highly acclaimed resources on our online fitness courses. This is down to the fact that it acts like a tool-kit that you can continually dip in and out of as your career develops over the years, building and developing your PT practice.
2 – How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy by Paul Chek
This is a holistic health must read! It’s not aimed specifically at Personal Trainers but don’t be too quick to pass this one over. Paul’s how to eat, move and be healthy programme contains a series of questionnaires to identify individual needs to help you look and feel your best. With a whole host of nutritional and lifestyle tips and phenomenal exercises to match this book will help you deliver your full potential with each and every one of your clients.
3 – The Metabolic Typing Diet by William Linz Wolcott
Right at the very start of this book Wolcott introduces the concept that ‘one man’s food is another’s poison.’ Exploring the pivotal role ancestral links play in shaping individual diet you’ll consider why blanket diets and so called healthy eating advice are failing so many nations. This leads into the idea that effective dietary advice should be tailored to each client as an individual, just like a Personal Trainer would tailor exercise.
Simple user-friendly questionnaires enable you to identify your very own metabolic type (which can be a carbohydrate, protein or mixed type) and associated diet.
If you plan for weight loss to be part of your PT service then this is our stand out dietary read.
4 – Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by Dr F. Batmanghelidj
A fascinating concise book that investigates how human dehydration can create catastrophic health conditions. These include; migraines, headaches, dyspeptic pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, stress, depression, hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol and excess body weight.
5 – Make Your Brain Work by Amy Brann
As firm believers that the mind controls the body this is a fascinating read detailing habits and techniques to help you achieve your goals.
Broken down into easy to digest bite size chunks it will help you understand the pivotal role you play in shaping your success as a Personal Trainer. It considers how to motivate others, maximise the impact with your clients and selling your service with confidence.
You will explore how to move closer to your career goals one step at a time by building strong connections with effective habits and breaking ineffective habits that are getting in the way of reaching your true potential.