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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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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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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