So you’re thinking about becoming a personal trainer? Personal training can be lucrative and rewarding, but unless you’re properly prepared, you might burn out quickly. The reality and the Impression of personal training can be two very different things. It’s Important that new trainers fully understand the personal training business before getting started.
Most clients are beginners. And with beginners, virtually anything works — for a while. Not only do we have the opportunity to help beginners reach their fitness goals, but also to hook them on life-long fitness and set them up for what they’ll need when they reach an Inevitable plateau.
As passionate fitness professionals, we love the gym. To us, It’s a comfortable, happy place that feels like home. However, to a beginner client who is new to fitness training, the gym can be a terrifying place. Imagine yourself going to the gym naked. Think of how awkward and embarrassing that would be. That Is exactly how a beginner client can feel when he/she first steps foot In the gym. Therefore, go out of your way to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Here are a few practical Ideas:
- Give them a quick tour
- Help the fit In by teaching them the facility rules, gym etiquette, and some basic gym lingo
- Keep the program simple
- Keep the written program chart simple (no fancy charts, terms or abbreviations)
- Consider where you are In the gym. Do not place a beginner learning to Goblet Squat next to an advanced lifter squatting 5 plates aside. Do not teach a client the hip hinge In front of the Cardio Theater.
Record Everything: Track Progress to Keep Your Clients Motivated
I have observed so many trainers who do a very poor job of recording workouts and tracking the progress of their clients. As a result, their clients have no Idea whether they are Improving or getting worse In their workout program and nutrition… They can’t tell If they are making progress, which Is extremely demotivating. On the other hand, when you can show them quantitative data that demonstrates their Improvement, It Is extremely motivating. Visuals are a great way to keep pushing through plateaus. If you chart their progress It Is extremely reassuring. You should track their progress In terms of the weight they use, the reps they do, weight measurements, circumference measurements and body fat percentage. You should also encourage them to keep track of their “Diet” by using a journal or calorie counter app. Go over these factors with your clients once a month at the very least!
The best thing now Is that a lot of trainers talk to their clients through Skype. I deal with clients that don’t live In the same area as I do so to keep them motivated I will send them motivational quotes every morning. I also set up a weekly meal plan for them so they won’t get bored. And besides the many things I do, I also tell beginners not to start working out In a gym I tell them to start at home. Most beginners feel uncomfortable going to the gym as a newbie.
They may not use corporate-speak like “synergy” and “touching base offline,” but trainers have their own sayings. Among the most popular: “You can’t out-train a bad “Diet”.
Your workout can complement your Initial weight loss efforts and help maintain a new, slimmer physique. A recent study woman who lost 25 pounds. Those who did strength training and cardio three times per week offset the slowdown In metabolism that typically occurs after you shed pounds, staving off regain.
However, you’ll have to change your eating habits to see significant changes to your body in the first place. “Even If you’re doing everything right In the gym, If you aren’t eating to optimize your training, you’re never going to get the results you want. Start with small changes…one less packet of sugar In your coffee, a side salad with your lunch. Keep that up for 2 weeks, and then pick two more minor adjustments. Eventually, you’ll build a nutritious and sustainable “Diet”.
Often, people starting a new exercise program begin because they’re unhappy with what they see In the mirror. But a good trainer will ask you to drill down deeper. Just keeping asking yourself the question Why? Often, the fourth or fifth answer reveals your true motivation. As I get to know a client, I’ll find they’re not going on vacations with friends because they know they can’t do the hike or the excursion as comfortably as they want. Or they’re not as spontaneous as they want to be because they know that their building Is under construction and It’s overwhelming that now they have to walk a certain length to get somewhere.
If you want to start a new fitness or workout program don’t hesitate to reach out and I will more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
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