AN ARISTOTELIAN INVESTIGATION INTO PERSONAL TRAINING

John Gray

Abstract


Based on an Aristotelian analysis this research defines a Personal Trainer as a form of coach who isrationally and emotionally balanced, who can apply their practical wisdomflexibly to develop a relationship with their client enabling them to behealthier, fitter and happier. Research looking at 5 key texts books recommendedinternationally to study to become a Personal Trainer shows that on average 53%of the text is devoted to technical knowledge; 39% to scientific knowledge andonly 9% to psychology & motivation. It is concluded there is need for a shift in thedefinition and perception of Personal Training practice so that it encompassesmore thoroughly and in balance all three of Aristotles virtuous knowledges:the episteme, the techne and the phronesis

Keywords


Personal Training; Coach; Aristotle; Knowledge; Phronesis; Education; Exercise Psychology

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