Personal Training Tips
These personal training tips will help you to potentially change your client's life for the better. As a result your client will spread the word on the incredible service you provided thus helping your business to flourish.
The first of the two personal training tips is looking at the big picture and understanding where your clients are coming from. Being a trainer isn't about pushing your client during a workout. As a fitness professional, you have the opportunity to improve a person's overall well-being, hence the words 'wellness', 'balance', and 'harmony' becoming increasingly popular within the industry in the last decade or so. People are, as always, very interested in nutritional, weight training, and aerobic/cardiovascular programs to help them reach a particular physical-related goal. What has changed (or has been added, rather), though, is the need for a simpler, more serene lifestyle.
People today are working harder and more than ever. Stress is the number one killer because most of us don't know when enough is enough. A fitness professional in no way can do the job of or replace a financial planner or psychologist… but that shouldn't stop you from giving general lifestyle guidance to your clients. Sit down and ask your client what s/he really wants out of life. Don't just suggest a therapeutic massage to clients that are extremely tired and overworked. Help them structure their days in a way that gives them more free time and enables an increase in productivity. This will make them more content, and leaving them in awe of their trainer.
Watch the video below to see an example of the impact you can make in someone's life as a personal trainer:
The second of the two personal training tips is setting your client up to be his/her own trainer. Give your clients long-lasting results by promoting their independence instead of demonstrating dictatorship. After about a year and a half of consistent dedication to a particular type of training, your client is ready to experience this transition towards independence. You can start by letting them count their own repetitions. Eventually you may even allow them to write their own programs and only schedule appointments for the occasional consultation to track their progress.
What works for you and thousands of other people may not necessarily work for your client. Build a strong foundation of knowledge for your clients and then, gradually let them figure out the details. Teach your customer to listen to his/her body and always do what's best for it. I believe most of their improvement will come once they begin thinking totally for themselves. Of course, if your client is reluctant to accept change without any kind of support, then continue doing what you were doing. If you're worried about losing business, imagine how many more clients you'll get when they see the great shape your past clients are in and how they are maintaining it on their own.