As a personal trainer you may jump out of bed each morning ready to crush your next workout. For the average person, however, that excitement may not come naturally, or at all. Fortunately all hope isn't lost—you can help your clients shift their mindset and think more positively about their next session.
Help your personal-training clients plan for success with SMART goals
SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound—and this type of goal-setting is essential to your clients' success. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they create their goals is that they are often unattainable or impossible to measure. When that's the case, people often lose the motivation to see each goal all the way through.
Hard work really does pay off
Encourage your client to track his or her progress with an app such as Fit-Stich. With this tool, your clients can track their progress with customizable "before" and "after" pictures and share that progress with others—or simply save them for their own reference and inspiration. According to Fit-Stich: "Studies have shown that tracking your progress increases the success rate of fitness training, resulting in more people staying on track and achieving better results." And, let's face it, setting and achieving goals takes time, dedication, sweat and even tears. So be sure to set up fun rewards for your client or encourage him or her to do so once they achieve one.
The best activity is the one your clients love doing
So your client hates box jumps? Why not try star jumps or jump squats instead? When you tailor your program to your clients' specific needs or interests, they are more likely to enjoy each workout and achieve their goals. And the same rings true for shaking up each routine. Whether your clients want to try out a Pilates class or try switching the time of day they work out, variety will keep them engaged and eager to get moving. Once they find what works for them, they are that much closer to falling in love with fitness.
Above anything else, aim to have fun
Workouts are intended to be full of energy and enjoyment, though that's not always the case. To give your clients the extra boost they need, create a heart-pumping playlist to keep them engaged. Better yet, ask them what their favorite band or playlist is and surprise them during your next session together. Finally, skip the gym and get creative with your next planned session. Whether it's using the playground to your advantage—think monkey bars as a pull-up bar—or hitting the trails and trying out different intervals, when you aim to have fun your clients may forget they are working out altogether!