Let’s first deal with the motivational aspects that push an individual to set himself the goal of wanting, as far as possible, to improve himself, often starting from his own body.
To try to explain it, however, it is necessary to make a brief excursus in the analysis of the reasons. They generally originate from the “Needs”.
Those manifested by the aspiring athlete can be superficial, profound and latent at the same time.
- The superficial needs are those that are immediately communicated to the Trainer in the preliminary interview. Normally they are related to physiological issues. At this moment, the interested party tends more than anything else to expose the desire to improve his fitness, asks to lose weight, tone, etc. and tends to take shelter from the judgment of the instructor who at this preliminary stage is still perceived a bit as a stranger.
- Deep needs are the real reason that lead a person to go to a club and consequently to an instructor. As deep, these kinds of needs are more reasoned and assume high importance. In short, these are needs deemed fundamental for the achievement of a physical improvement that can also correspond to a social change which will in turn produce a turning point in life. By finding a harmonious relationship with the body, more opportunities will finally be possible to make new acquaintances, to feel more active and more alive. In a nutshell: become better and richer people in a community!
- Latent needs are nothing but the deeper part of other needs. Their origin is often unaware, they are an integral part of our character base and also bear the need to defeat loneliness, to be recognized and to be part of a “group” and, ultimately, to receive affectivity and esteem.
The evolved Personal Trainer, speaking of the professional who perfectly understands what role he will have to play, almost always manages to “hear” what the aspirant expects of him and, using this sort of call, manages to empathize and overcome the initial (and natural) distrust. This is the phase where the instructor / Personal Trainer must be able to express the most precious qualities of his preparation, the key moment in which the relationship of trust is generally established which will mark the sporting path also under the psychological aspect.
FITNESS PROGRAM / BODY SCULPTING
The premise recounted so far already reveals much of the answer to the initial question which can also be summarized in: “What drives a person to play sports?”
The reasons can be (and are) many, many of which are connected to each other:
Self-esteem and physical improvement (beauty) are connected; leisure and well-being as well. There is no lack of health objectives that have an extraordinary link with beauty, see for example the excess of fat which, in addition to creating imperfections that are sometimes difficult to accept, can be the cause of a long list of physical and psychological pathologies.
Although the majority of the public does not have advanced notions in the medical field, in the mind of everyone there is still the awareness that a large part of their physical problems derive from the non-observance of the notions about nutrition, perhaps in conjunction with the almost total absence of exercise typical of our so-called “progress”.
In conclusion: everyone is informed about the damage caused by excess food, and everyone knows about the damage associated with idleness.
The answer to the initial question is therefore a natural and imperative need to escape behavioral “vices” to finally return to a healthy way of life that gives longevity expectations in full well-being.
The life we have had the good fortune to receive is an unrepeatable and unique capital, subject to wear and which, fortunately, more and more people understand that it should not be squandered!
Helen Charlotte is a health centre assistant three days per week and a Biologist Student who enjoys running listening to music and walking. She is brave and entertaining, and loves competitions.