When one of your clients is brand new to eating clean and training hard, what is exactly going through their mind? We can venture a guess to say it's a multitude of things, including:
- This is a lot more work than I thought it would be (in fact, it's extremely challenging).
- I don't have time for this because frankly I'm way too busy (Is there a quick fix?)
Whether your client is feeling discouraged or they are lacking motivation, simply remind them that reshaping their lifestyle doesn't have to mean hours at the gym. In fact, there are a number of different ways your client can start working out smarter, not longer. Share today's post with your clients so they can start feeling motivated and excited about working towards their fitness goals.
So What's the Best Workout Program for your Client?
Try Pilates or Yoga
Both Pilates and Yoga focus on using controlled movements and a connection between the mind and body to improve strength, stability, posture and flexibility. While the two differ in many ways, they are both typically performed on a mat and are a great way for your clients to slowly transition into a total-body workout.
We're a fan of Pilates and Yoga for many reasons, but one of our favorites is the fact that we become more aware of our bodies in and out of the studio. When you're more aware of your breath or the way you sit or stand, you'll start to notice that same mind and body connection when you're out on a run or even sitting down at the office.
Try a Cardio Interval Workout
On the upside, your clients have the best intentions when they schedule a session with you. On the downside, they lose motivation half way through your workout or they always look for the easy way out (think modified workouts or they fail to push themselves during a cardio workout). Just remember, your client doesn't need to spend hours with you to get the results they are working towards. Instead, mix it up and take them outside for an interval trail run or interval hike. Once you both reach the top challenge them to a short, fat-blasting routine:
- 10 push ups
- 15 jump squats
- 1 minute plank
- 10 burpees
Repeat 3 times with minimal rest in between and then jog or walk at a face past back to the parking lot. Small tweaks to your clients routine or even just their workout environment can help to keep them excited and motivated.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a highly effective workout that alternates between short intense bursts of movements with less-intense recovery movements. So if your client is short on time or they struggle to finish an entire workout, HIIT is a great way to squeeze in an effective workout in thirty minutes or less. There are a number of different benefits to HIIT, including: increased metabolism and improved performance; not to mention it requires little to no equipment and you can perform any of the movements anywhere. Whether your client is in the gym, traveling for work or in the comfort of their own home, they can perform an entire circuit before they can find an acceptable excuse!
Try Total-Body Workout
Maybe your client has noticed an improvement with their core strength or stability but they aren't noticing results with other parts of their body. Instead of focusing on arms and abs on one day and then glutes and legs on another, focus on targeting the entire body with a workout that engages every muscle. Circling back to earlier, Pilates, Yoga and HIIT are a great way to get everything engaged, but when it comes time to mix it up, check out a couple of these total-body workout videos from POPSUGAR Fitness for inspiration: Total-Body Workout.
Just remember to focus on quality, not quantity, when it comes to your 'lazier' clients - they don't need to set aside hours each day to work on their fitness and towards their goals. All they really need is a few highly-effective, total-body workouts to start seeing results.
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