Slice of Life: ‘Best feeling for personal trainer when clients achieve goals’

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Slice of Life: ‘Best feeling for personal trainer when clients achieve goals’
Soham Sanghavi, 24, Personal trainer

Chennai

I used to be irregular with my workouts. I began working out at a gym down the road when I was studying in Class 12. But was not frequent. Like everyone else, I’d go for a few months, see results, and then not go again. Then I’d lose all the results of my efforts. It was only in the fourth year of college I was able to go regularly to the gym. There, a trainer called Yuvaraj introduced me to the training that boxers follow. But the gym closed down eventually. It was then I was introduced to calisthenics, which is a form of workout that uses the body weight, unlike crossfit. It is called the poor man’s gymnastics, and you need to do it step-by-step. You can’t just progress to another level without mastering what you already know. I became a personal trainer after completing my certification last year. The joy that a client has when they achieve something they didn’t think, that’s the best feeling for a personal trainer. Of course, you need to know a lot before you become a personal trainer. Avoiding accidents is our main task. Additionally, we need to know everything about the client before we can give them training. Nowadays, there are many who these trendy or fad exercises. What is important is your diet. It must have the right kind of nutrition. We teach clients how to understand nutrition labels very early on. Secondly, they need to consult someone who has certification. Too many people here have certificates from an obscure institution.

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