Sounds like a foolish statement, right? Well, you might be surprised to know that some personal trainers are more concerned with their own personal agenda than helping their clients.
As you surely know, dangers lurk in risky behavior.
Really take the time to assess your client. Learn everything you can about them, as this knowledge will become a factor in creating a regimen for them. Take baseline levels and measurements, if you have concerns, and start slow until you learn what your client is capable of. Also gage your client’s enthusiasm for sticking with a regimen. If they don’t seem committed to the program, make sure you’re doing everything possible to motivate them and change their mindset about fitness! Even a couch potato can learn to love working out, if they have the right motivation.
When we spend our days focused on health and wellness as personal trainers, it can be easy to forget that some of our clients are completely new to this world. It’s important that you evaluate each client’s level of fitness and education about health and wellness, in order to make sure all of your clients have a great foundation to build a healthy life! Bring it back to the basics.
So what will you cover? Proper posture, mechanics, determining their individual fitness and stamina level, enthusiasm, steadiness, and if any modifications need to be made for exercises.
Only when you are confident in their base knowledge should you graduate your client to the next level. If you have any doubts about their level, wait before moving forward and trying something new in their workout plan. It is never a bad decision to make absolutely sure your client is ready for a new challenge.
There’s a reason for the old saying “safety first,” and it’s especially true when it comes to taking care of customers.
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