Here at Fitness Training Solutions we train personal trainers on how to train their clients. One thing that always comes up is dispelling the myths surrounding personal training – we all take on clients with unrealistic goals, and we’ve all seen people meandering around the gym with no real goal in mind. These people are only setting themselves up for disappointment. As personal trainers ourselves, there are a few things that we tell all of our new clients when we first meet with them. These 5 tips will help your clients get their head in the game, and help them see real improvements in the long run.
Eating right is the biggest battle
Going to the gym isn’t going to help you lose weight if you eat nothing but junk food and drink nothing but fizzy drinks. Fortunately, with the right personal trainer who understands sports nutrition, this doesn’t have to be a struggle. We can build the right nutritional plan to help you reach your goals. Remember it’s not a ‘diet’, it’s a change of lifestyle.
Start at the end and work backwards
If your clients work towards a goal they have a way of measuring their progress. Do they want to run a marathon next year or do they want to be able to do 10 one-arm pull-ups? Get a goal in place and work out how much you need to do each month in order to achieve it – that’s when the real work can begin. A simple way of putting this is this is work for progress, not perfection.
Take recovery seriously
Recovery is not simply flopping on the sofa and catching your breath. Do yoga, do Pilates, get a deep-tissue massage every 2 weeks and leave 48 hours between working muscle groups. Overtraining slows you down, but learning how to recover will help you improve faster.
Listen to music you like while doing exercises you like
You will never stick to something you hate. If you exercise to music you like you’re more likely to enjoy the exercise. If you do exercises you like, you’re more likely to do them. Research has shown that by combining the two your clients can improve their stamina and enthusiasm throughout the workout, helping push boundaries and meet targets.
We don’t need to be there for every single session
While we’re highly useful at every session, we don’t have to be there for every session if you can’t afford to see us every week. By seeing a highly qualified personal trainer you’re already committed to the goals you’ve set yourself. As long as you can keep motivated without us being there, we can prescribe exercises for you to do when we’re away. This way you’ll be ready to really knuckle down and focus when we hit the gym together, helping you meet those goals head on.