Keeping Clients Motivated

Keeping Clients Motivated

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.

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Equipment Must-Haves for Personal Trainers

Equipment Must-Haves for Personal Trainers

The number of independent personal trainers is increasing every single day. Becoming a personal trainer can be both rewarding and challenging. If you are planning to be a personal trainer, it’s only natural that you want to be fully prepared when you take on the job, just as you would in any other line of work.

If you want to be a successful independent personal trainer, you would need more than just sufficient knowledge and solid background in personal training – you would also need some equipment to help you do your job well. Of course, you can always rely on some physical exercises without having to use any equipment, such as push-ups, lunges, and the like; but every professional personal trainer knows that fitness equipment are a lot of help and are quite effective in training your clients to achieve a fitter physique.

You don’t have to worry because you don’t necessarily have to own major gym equipment for you to be able to perform your job well. You just have to have basic fitness equipment for you to be an effective personal trainer.

If you’re an independent personal trainer, you should understand that you have to choose the equipment you’ll purchase wisely since being an independent personal trainer is not just a job, but a business as well. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that the fitness equipment you will buy are your investment; so you should be mindful in choosing ones with high quality for them to last longer.

Here is a list of the basic fitness equipment every aspiring personal trainer must have:

Skipping rope – The skipping rope is very effective in burning calories and can be used indoors and outdoors. This simple equipment is excellent in building endurance and dexterity. Just a skipping rope workout of 10 minutes is comparable to running an eight minute mile according to Science Daily.

Self-Myofascial Release Tools – Self-Myofascial Release Tools such as foam rollers or small balls are great in releasing built up tension and improving function in your client’s motions. Correct usage of self-myofascial release tools can result in enhancements in push-ups and squats.

Medicine Balls – Training with medicine balls is a fantastic way to improve explosive power as well as speed. Medicine balls come in various weights and sizes. There are also bouncing and non-bouncing medicine balls. Bouncing medicine balls are useful in deceleration training and reaction drills. Non-bouncing medicine balls, on the other hand, are a great deal of help in explosive training.

Balance Trainers – You can actually help your clients get strength training, cardio training, as well as core training with the use of single equipment: balance trainers. Balance trainers are extremely helpful in enhancing coordination and balance.

Stop watch – Aside from having actual fitness equipment that would directly make your clients fitter, you should have personal devices that will help you execute your job accurately. Having a stop watch will let you monitor your client’s progress and workout time precisely.

Exercise Mat or Yoga Mat – Mats are equally important for your clients while training. Having an exercise or yoga mat can be an effective safety measure as they can lessen the impact in case your client falls on the floor. In addition, yoga or exercise mats provide better grip when you are asking your client to hold a pose. Mats are also vital since there are inevitable times that you may ask your clients to get down on the floor to stretch or do some exercises.

Resistance Tubing or Resistance Bands – Resistance tubing or bands are lightweight and portable equipment that are incredibly efficient in strength training.

Calipers or Tape Measures – Body fat calipers or tape measures are as important as other fitness equipment you will have as a personal trainer. As a trainer it is imperative that your clients see and keep track of their improvement to know how effective their training is and to notice how effective you are as a trainer. Having a tape measure or a body fat caliper (or both) will help you a lot in your profession.

Having this set of equipment as a personal trainer will be practical if you intend to be effective and successful in the fitness industry. Having adequate tools will lead to a much effective training that will, in turn, result to improved physical fitness of clients; and that should be one of your primary goals as a personal trainer.

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Building Healthy Nutrition Habits With Your Clients

As a personal trainer being able to give nutrition advice to your clients can often be a grey area. Legally speaking only registered dieticians are allowed to prescribe diets and supplements to treat medical conditions. However, this shouldn’t stop a personal trainer from talking to clients about what they should eat, you are allowed to give general suggestions and ideas.
Nutrition is often times more important than the workouts themselves, as the saying goes you can’t outwork a bad diet and you wouldn’t want all of the hard work in the gym being compromised by what your clients are eating outside of it.

You should encourage your clients to:-

  • Eat lean protein and a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.
  • Educate or provide informational resources on the benefits of healthy fats as well as the general understanding of macro and micronutrients.
  • Provide clients with meal preparation ideas and recipes. Help choose the best meal prep bag for them, as that will help with building a sustainable habit or point them to helpful meal management bag reviews.
  • Provide sources for evidenced based nutritional supplements that might help them succeed.
  • Recommend to your clients to drink plenty of water and the importance of staying well hydrated.
  • Let them know about the foundations of good nutrition and offer tips on how to improve their overall eating habits.

When communicating with your clients about nutrition it is important to do so in a simple and clearly understandable way. Whilst you may know exactly what you are talking about your client might not be so well informed so use every day vocabulary that they will understand. Once your client understands the reasoning behind doing something they are much more likely to implement it themselves once they are at home.

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Why Personal Trainers Are Important

Are you interested in being a personal trainer but are still having doubts? Some aspiring personal trainers hold back from joining the industry because every day, more and more people choose to do workouts on their own. It’s only natural for people who plan on being personal trainers to ask: are personal trainers important?

With everything available in the internet, many people rely on their own research skills when it comes to gathering information. Some clicks, with a little bit of reading, alas! You get what you’re looking for

Some people go online to purchase some items instead of going shopping. Some people take online courses instead of taking actual classes at schools. With all these technologies bringing what we desire within reach with just a click, it’s understandable that some people who want to get fit would rather read online and learn on their own rather than actually spend money, time, and effort on getting the right personal trainers.

On the other hand, with the convenience modern life and internet brings, why do some people still believe that having a personal trainer is a necessity? It’s because working on a fitness routine with a professional and certified personal trainer has its perks.

One good reason to have a personal trainer is that a personal trainer is there to motivate people. It’s very common for people to just get discouraged when they get impatient waiting to achieve the body they want. It’s also just human nature to feel ‘off’ on some days and get too lazy to work out. When you have a personal trainer, you have someone who will motivate you to get back to working out and help you achieve the goals you set for your own fitness. Good personal trainers also give trainees accountability for their actions when it comes to exercising so they would have to think twice before skipping a workout. These are things people won’t get to enjoy if they’re just working out alone.

Personal trainers can also be important because they can monitor every move. They make sure that proper fitness techniques are done while exercising. They give detailed instructions on how some workouts should be executed, like proper posture and speed when cycling on stationary bikes or running on treadmills. When you just read fitness routines online and try it on your own, nobody’s there to correct you when you’re doing it wrong or even show you the proper way it’s done.

Sometimes, especially to people who are new to working out on gyms, large gym equipment may appear intimidating and complicated. Personal trainers teach how to use different gym equipment and what is right for trainees, depending on the fitness goal they want to achieve. Also, personal trainers will set a workout plan for clients. They guide clients on when is the right time to use certain gym equipment. Knowledge on what to use, when to use and how to use gym equipment is essential in preventing injuries.

Speaking of injuries, good personal trainers review medical history of clients suffering from injuries and would know how to deal with it when working out. They know what workout would be best in helping speed up recovery. They also give advice on what exercises to avoid so you can prevent an injury from getting worse.

Efficient personal trainers are also important. They maximize the workout that can be done in a short span of time so more calories can be burned quickly. They are also experts when it comes to fitness that they can provide a variety of workout routines so clients won’t lose interest doing the same exercises every time they visit the gym.

Internet articles and instructions on physical exercises can be very general. With the help of personal trainers, the workout routine that clients will follow will be made for their specific needs and goals. Personal trainers are there to make sure that the workout clients do are perfect for them—the workout routines are tailor-made for them since a person’s needs may be different from another’s.

It’s true, working out on your own and following instructions readily available is very convenient and affordable for most people. Still, despite the ease and simplicity of working out without the help of personal trainers, it’s still undeniable that having a guide, motivator, and teacher—all three in the form of a personal trainer—can be very beneficial.

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Tips on How to Be a Better Personal Trainer

Many people who want to get fit through working out opt not to hire personal trainers. There are several reasons people have as to why they don’t—some don’t feel the need for personal trainers, others view having a personal trainer a luxury, and there are some who have heard of bad experiences on having personal trainers from other people. Due to these bad experiences others have encountered, finding a good personal trainer can be a challenge. Although there are some personal trainers who focus on earning rather than teaching, you have to set yourself apart from these personal trainers and hopefully erase the idea that personal trainers are just ‘in for the money’.

Getting certifications for being fitness professionals is easy; because of this, it is inevitable that some people doubt the credibility of personal trainers in general. Since some people tend to shy away to the idea of hiring personal trainers because of fear of hiring the wrong one, here are some tips to how to improve as a personal trainer.

Ensure that you have the knowledge, education and experience. Some personal trainers get content once they receive certification on being fitness professionals. You should keep in mind that certificates are just part of the education, though. People need someone who’s up to date with latest fitness routines, someone who continues to learn about working out techniques. However, knowledge and education are still not enough. You need to experience the fitness routines you’ll share to your clients. You have to know what you’re talking about because you’ve gone through it as well. Experience does not only pertain to the types of workouts you are teaching; you have to have teaching experience, too. There are trainers who are knowledgeable in executing fitness routines themselves but are not very good when it comes to teaching others how to do it.

You need to get fit, practice what you preach. This is one of the most important qualities people look for in a personal trainer. They want someone who not only teaches about how to get fit, but someone who applies it.

Be professional at all times. When you’ve developed good work ethics, your clients will be comfortable in sharing their fitness goals. Working together with a client toward a goal will be much easier. Professionalism also includes being present and on time on classes.

You have to have passion and determination. A good personal trainer should be a great motivator as well. You should never be tired of bringing out the best in your clients. You should never give up in working with clients to achieve their fitness goals.

Improve your communication skills. You need to be someone who can communicate and understands people very well. Personal trainers with good communication skills are good listeners and can easily understand every client’s wants and needs. You should also start asking questions proactively.

Show your empathy. Another important trait that a good personal trainer should have is empathy. You should know when your client has had enough exercise or when they’ve reached their limit for the day.

Improve your organizational skills. Since your job includes setting fitness goals for your clients, you should learn how to develop a plan that works best for your clients, implemented at the right time.

You need to be more realistic and patient. Don’t ever forget that your clients are humans. Part of the responsibilities of a personal trainer is educating trainees not only on workout routines but on nutrition as well. Although healthy eating is one of the requirements in getting fitter, you ought to know that it’s just human nature to give in to some unhealthy foods from time to time. The fitness goals you will set should also be realistic, reasonable and attainable.

Learn how to focus and pay attention. A good personal trainer should monitor clients closely to be able to track their progress. You need focus on your clients and their physical fitness. When your clients know that you pay attention to them, you also show your respect and will get it in return.

Personal trainers are a great help in achieving fitness goals. Professional athletes hire personal trainers for a good reason. Once you’ve achieved all the traits people look for in trainers, you can prove that not all personal trainers are the same and encourage people to see the importance of personal trainers.

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A Big Problem In The Personal Training Industry

Supplements are becoming a large problem in the personal training industry as they are a big threat to its integrity. Many personal trainers sell supplements to earn commission and to supplement their income.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with selling supplements it can pose a dilemma where you are put into a situation where you could compromise your personal ethics in order to sell a supplement your client might not need in order to make a little extra money.

If as a trainer, you have done your research and it is clear that a supplement could help your client reach their goals then go ahead and recommend it to your client. In some cases even when the product is valid to the customer as well as high quality the client can still suffer from expensive prices due to the high mark up necessary in order to fully compensate the personal trainer.

Unfortunately it is quite rare for a personal trainer to adequately research a supplement before selling a supplement under the promise of excellent results. In this scenario the trainer is creating a problem when the client after spending money on the recommended supplement sees no results.

Commonly the most expensive supplements offer the biggest kickbacks to the personal trainer and thus the client ends up paying even more for a supplement they might not even need.

If you want to recommend supplements to your client you need to put in the research in to just how effective the product is. The supplement industry is filled with more than just the standard protein powder and creatine. There are always the latest trends promoted on TV such as raspberry ketones.

It might have take you months to build up a trust with a client so don’t breach that trust just to make a couple of dollars on a single product.

Lastly when you do recommend a product make sure the client can get the best price possible. It is not difficult to set up a discount code page for your favourite brands a long with some affiliate links. This enables you to offer the best prices available via voucher codes whilst still earning your commission. Just take a look at this Muscle Food discount code page and this Myprotein discount code page at The Fitness Recipes as an example.

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5 Steps to Being Successful in the Online Fitness Industry

  1. Make connections

More doors will open when you know more people. It’s impossible to be an expert in everything so although you might have a decent understanding of many topics in fitness it will pay off to have friends who are experts in those subjects.

Many people are open to discussing topics in their area of expertise and to share knowledge just make sure you aren’t trying to be a freeloader and you can offer something back in return.

  1. Coach people

Whilst it may seem like you fully understand a topic, it always helps your understanding to teach it and explain it to someone else.

Aim to find internships with coaches who already coach the same type of people you want to work with. Coaching is a completely new skill that must be learnt. Whilst studying theory is certainly useful for widening your knowledge base it doesn’t motivate people or provide confidence to athletes.

  1. Don’t expect to make any significant amount of money for a long time

Between building your knowledge base, taking part in internships, growing a traffic base and doing work experience you can expect to do a lot of work for little to no money. Of course you can take a personal training course and within a few short weeks be teaching clients at your gym but you would be doing them a great disservice.

  1. Deal with people as individuals

Most people join the fitness industry in order to actually help people, it is important to remember that. If someone has taken the time to write a legitimate question then take the time to answer it.

Of course as your popularity grows you will have less time but never forget that any success you have achieved so far is down to the people that follow your work and buy your products. If someone is asking you a question they are probably one of your fans and have already or are at least thinking about supporting you by purchasing a product.

  1. Pass it on

Once you start to become popular and actually have a following don’t forget about all the people that gave you help to achieve what you have. If you have the opportunity to do so help out the people who are just starting out. This doesn’t mean you have to spoon feed them but it certainly doesn’t help pointing people in the right direction, particularly those who you can see are putting in a lot of work and just need a lucky break or some extra encouragement.

Give them some constructive criticism on their work, help set them up with people you know in the industry for things such as guest posts, share their work with your audience to get them some extra exposure.

Ultimately we are trying to help people and improve the quality of the fitness industry so the more talented people there are in the industry the more people we can help.

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Not All Of Your Personal Training Clients Want To Be Bodybuilders

All clients are different and they might have very different goals and reasons for wanting a personal trainer. You need to be able to figure out what those goals and reasons are so that you will be able to deliver what they want.

Many trainers have been where their client currently is and has gone through the process of getting in shape. The problem is that a client might not have the same level of motivation and usually hire a personal trainer because they are busy and want to remove some of the responsibility.

A lot of people join a gym with the overall goal of being healthier or to get in shape. They do expect to be taken out of their comfort zones from time to time but they might not be prepared to be pushed to the limit every session.

You should always keep your client in mind and their health should be the priority. You wouldn’t want to push them so hard that they get injured. Many clients will hire a personal trainer to show them the ropes and to introduce them to exercises in a safe and controlled way so that they don’t get injured.

Sometimes even if you know you can get them into the best shape of their lives with a six-pack it might be better to give them a more realistic goal. If you set a goal that can be achieved in 3 to 4 weeks the client may then decide to push himself that little bit further. At the end of the day it is always a better feeling to have achieved a small milestone than to fail at something bigger.

The greatest amount of value you can provide your clients is an education, similar to the expression it is better to teach a man how to fish rather than to just give him a fish. By making your client more knowledgeable it will also place more responsibility on the client so that they understand why they should be doing things a certain way and why it works.

It is certainly possible for the client to achieve their goals without them having to follow a bodybuilder’s lifestyle. Of course if your client wants to be a bodybuilder then by all means go ahead and treat them accordingly.

Make sure to set goals that they can be successful at. Training a person to do their first chin up is often more than enough to make them happy. Set short term weekly goals so that they can get into the habit of being successful and motivated.

 

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