While the month of January brings a multitude of new resolutions each year, it can also inevitably lead to excuses. Ah yes, we're referring to mid-February, when the novelty of the new year starts to fade away and your clients let their busy schedules get the best of them. But, as you already know, the New Year is time for new beginnings, and setting yourself up for success; so we want to help you achieve just that.
The top personal training tips for clients to help keep them on track all year long:
"Get into the specifics of what you aim to achieve."
If there is one thing your clients are looking for in a personal trainer, it's instant motivation - and as a personal trainer, your clients will turn to you for guidance in health and fitness. Encourage clients to be vocal about their goals, and to share them with you as they're training. For example, if your client is training for marathon, you can help them with specific training methods, and a customized diet plan.
"Focus on the long-term."
It's easy for first-time clients to get caught up in the present; In order to keep them motivated, you want to get them focused on where they want to be instead of where they are now. One of the best things they can do is to keep items of motivation on hand, at all times. For example, encourage your client to create a vision board and display it at work or home - doing so will help them remain focused on their goals.
"Your form is imperative."
Performing each exercise correctly is not only important for preventing injury, but for achieving the best possible results. Talk your clients through instructions on form and make sure they can replicate the same technique when performing movements on their own.
"Above anything else, do it for your health."
When we set goals, we're sometimes guilty of focusing on our physical appearance and not our overall health. While the two certainly go hand-in-hand, the important thing to do is to focus on achieving goals that will also lead to a long, happy and fulfilling life.
"Stop making excuses and just get started."
Among teaching clients how they can perform certain movements and follow the best routines to achieve client's goals, trainers are also available for motivation and drive. Your responsible for helping your clients over barriers, so at the end of the day, their main responsibility should be to stay engaged and just simply show up!
"Stay hydrated and satiated."
Whether your clients are logging hours on the treadmill, or they're focusing on toning up in the weight room, a well-balanced diet can make or break their performance and their goals. Focus on eating clean and staying hydrated!
"Don't trust the scale."
The scale lies; it's as plain and simple as that. "When starting a weight loss program, the scale will show an initial loss due to water weight and fluid loss. But many times the scale will start to go up even though your pants feel looser. The lesson is to focus on your body, not your weight."
"Keep an open dialogue."
In order to achieve maximum results it's important that your clients stay open and honest with you. If something isn't working, or they're feeling frustrated with their results (or lack there of), it's important that they're comfortable sharing these feelings with you. As a trainer, you should be more than willing to tweak the plan to make it work for your client's personal needs.
"Don't overdo it."
Pushing the limits between short intense bursts of movements with less-intense recovery movements can put a lot of stress on your body - so don't be afraid to schedule rest days. In fact, you should dedicate at least one day to recovery methods, like foam rolling or restorative Yoga to ensure that your client gets the rest they need in order to prevent injury and muscle fatigue.
"The best workouts are the ones that challenge you from head to toe."
In order to achieve the full-body workout, ask your clients to try something like a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. There's no better time than year 2015, right? 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!
Stay tuned in 2015 to see what other health and fitness tips surface!