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Understanding the Benefits of ‘Quickie’ Workouts

Ideally, we’d all have time to exercise for at least an hour a day. However, for many people with busy schedules, lengthy workouts are simply out of the question. If you’re a Personal Fitness Trainer, one of the most common excuses you likely hear from your clients is that they simply don’t have time to work out. This is where it may be helpful to introduce them to “quickie” workouts, or workouts that last for 15 minutes or less. After all, there are numerous benefits that even your busiest clients can enjoy with a daily quickie workout.

What Defines a Quickie Workout?

Let’s start by making sure we’re on the same page about what constitutes a quickie workout. Technically, a workout that’s 15 minutes or less would be considered a quickie. However, let’s be honest, 15 minutes of walking isn’t going to yield a significant benefit to your average client. Yes, it’s better than nothing, but an ideal quickie workout should get the blood pumping and cause your client to sweat.

Quickie Workouts Save Time

Obviously, shorter workouts save your clients time. Those clients who were complaining about not having an hour to set aside for exercise each day no longer have that excuse. In the time that most people spend browsing social media or making a phone call, they can get in an effective workout. As a trainer, this also means that you’re able to free up some of your own time and possibly take on more clients as a result. Everybody wins.

Ideal For Easing Into a Fitness Regimen

A lot of potential clients these days are hesitant to sign up for a personal training program because they think hour-long workouts will be too intense for them. Therefore, allowing clients to sign up for “quickie” training sessions can help them feel more comfortable and less overwhelmed as they begin their journey to get into better shape. These workouts make it easier for those who are out-of-shape to ease back into a daily fitness regimen and provide a smoother transition. Of course, as your clients build their endurance, you can always move them into longer and more rigorous workout sessions.

Help Clients Stay On-Track 

Who doesn’t have five to 15 minutes to spare each day? With quickie workouts, your clients are more likely to stay on track with attending their sessions daily (or possibly even doing a few sessions at week at home). Not to mention, even working out for just a few minutes each day can lead your clients to make healthier nutrition choices throughout the day. As a result, they benefit not only in terms of their fitness but nutritional goals as well.


Get the Heart Rate Up

Some clients will worry that daily quickie workouts couldn’t possibly help them achieve their health and fitness goals. After all, you need to work out for at least 30 minutes a day to see results, right? As a personal trainer, you know this isn’t the case, but you’ll need to be prepared to explain this to your clients. It’s not the time you put into your workouts, but the effort. A high-intensity, 15-minute workout can be just as effective (if not more effective) than an hour on an exercise bike, so it’s all about finding the right intensity level for your clients to help them reach their goals.

Sessions Are Less Expensive for Clients

Another major selling point for quickie workouts that you should mention to your clients is that they’re less expensive than longer sessions. This is a great incentive for clients who are thinking about cancelling their program because of cost. Rather than charging, say, $80 per hour, you can offer 20-minute sessions for $35. You’re still making more money in less time, but your clients are able to save money and still enjoy meeting with a personal trainer, so it’s a win-win for everybody.

If you’re not already offering quickie workout sessions to your clients, now is the time to consider this option. Just be prepared to explain the benefits to your clients, and you might be surprised at just how many will express interest or how many new clients you gain as a result. 


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