As a personal trainer, your job is not only to make your clients fit through strategic physical workouts; it also includes keeping your clients fit.
However, no matter how dedicated you are as a personal trainer, and regardless of how much your client desires to get fitter (or slimmer), it is inevitable for them to have some ‘off’ days; days when they feel discouraged or exhausted or just not want to get up and train for no valid reason at all. While some clients only experience these ‘off’ days, there are others who get discouraged bit by bit until they eventually quit training altogether.
Being a personal trainer, you should closely monitor your clients’ progress and, you, among other people, really know how much your discouraged client needs their training.
Also, as a personal trainer, you should know how important training schedule is. Personal trainers usually stick to a training plan, complete with schedules and exercises specifically designed to accomplish the physical fitness each client deserves. Since it is imperative to adhere to your training schedule, you should also know how to motivate your clients to continue with their training during their ‘off’ days. Admit it; every one of us must have experienced the urge to not get up from bed at all, the desire to simply do nothing—but still, a personal trainer must know how to effectively motivate their client to get up and do the training exercises.
If your client is having an ‘off’ day when they don’t want to train, you must talk to them to know why they don’t want to participate in the training. If it’s simply because they’re not in the mood to do so, you can encourage them by reminding them of their progress. Have them look back on where they started and compare it to where they are now so that can realise the efforts they’ve invested into training.
However, if your client is getting extremely discouraged that they are having hesitations whether or not they still want to continue training, you may have to exert a lot more effort in encouraging them than simply letting them know of their progress.
Communicating with your clients plays a big role in keeping them motivated. Communication is more than just the cursory “hi’, “how are you doing”, discussing their progress, as well as other fitness-related conversations. Getting to know your clients will establish a strong connection and bond which will lead to building trust. They can find many personal trainers with the same knowledge and skill as yours, but what sets you apart is the connection you have with them. Your clients being comfortable with you as their personal trainer will inspire them to continue with their workout.
Along with good communication with clients is maintaining a positive energy while working out. Being energetic and positive during the workout can be contagious. Additionally, your clients may be inspired and motivated because of the energy and dedication you’re putting into training them. Being positive and optimistic while discussing their progress is also effective in keeping clients motivated in continuing with their training.
Setting realistic short term and long term goals can also help you encourage your clients. It is possible that they are losing motivation to continue working out because they find it hard to achieve their fitness goals. Set short term goals that are achievable. For an example, if your client’s goal is generally to get slimmer, make a short term goal such as to lose five or ten pounds by the end of the month instead.
Actually, you don’t have to wait for your clients to express discouragement before you can practice these recommendations in keeping them motivated. You can apply these techniques for all your clients, motivated or discouraged, to help them stick to their training and to aid them in living a healthier, fitter, and more active lifestyle.