Having been a competitive bodybuilder and power-lifter, I soon came to appreciate the capabilities of the human body and decided to begin my journey as a personal trainer. My initial focus was developing programs that would help people alter their body composition by losing fat and building muscle. Although this will always be a goal for most people, I have since come to realize that personal training is much more. Somewhere along the line we tend to forget the importance of overall health and how we function on a day to day basis, that how we look is simply a by-product of taking care of ourselves. Improving overall health, as well as functional capabilities and decreasing the chance of injury or re-injury, are truly the most important services a personal trainer can provide.
There are many components to an effective fitness program (e.g., flexibility, stability, balance, coordination, core strength, muscular strength and endurance). Although each component is important to an overall fitness program, how each are applied may vary from person to person. How each component is applied is the definition of a true personalized program.
-David W. Greene