Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 4

workout_timeWe have asked the question: Are Your Clients Ready?
We have taken essential steps to get our Clients Internally Motivated.
We know how to help our Clients Make SMART Goals

Now we will start discussing the obstacles/excuses our clients have for not starting our for quitting and exercise program….and how you can help them overcome these obstacles.

#1 Excuse for not exercising: I don’t have enough time.

This is the most common excuse/obstacle that our clients have for not starting or for quitting an exercise program.  But the “no time” excuse really does not wash. We have clients who manage large businesses, clients with 6-8 children and clients who seem to do it all. How do they do it? They make health and fitness a priority in their life.  When life gets rough, exercise is usually the first thing to go when, in fact, it should be the last. Exercise is the glue to mental sanity when life becomes chaotic.

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Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 3

14570368_10154537968423607_8530988642847079589_nWe have asked the question: Are Your Clients Ready?
We have taken essential steps to get our Clients Internally Motivated.

Now it is time to discuss goals. We know that helping client set goals and keep those goals is a big part of our jobs, but how do you really make those goals stick….and work?

Step 3. Help Your Clients Set SMART Goals

Try having your clients write down anything they have ever thought of achieving with regards to their own individual health and fitness. Ask them which goal, if they achieved it, would make this year unbelievable? The only rule with this wish list is that none of their goals can be related to their body. Have them stay away from listing a goal such as losing 10 pounds or 4 inches off their hips. Keep this list positive and focused away from body image. Read the rest of Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 3

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Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 2

judith_client_2016I am sure many of you are busy working with potential new clients, current clients working on new goals and past clients that have decided to start working with you again. It IS a busy time of year and a great time to learn to help your clients dig deep to find true and lasting motivation and understand how to help them navigate successful change in their lives.

Last week I covered Step 1 in this process: Are Your Clients Ready?

Now we move on to…..

Step 2.  Getting Your Clients Internally Motivated

If your clients want to change something, they have got to change something! 

Makes sense, doesn’t it? But change is difficult. Most people attempt major changes in their life without setting up a framework for success. How can your clients get anywhere without a map or a game plan?

Helping your clients find the motivation and inspiration to adhere to the changes in their lives day-in, day-out, is challenging. Many people have very good intentions and start an exercise or healthy nutrition program, but within a few months 70 percent of them have dropped out. They could not find a reason to keep going.

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Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 1

img_2897We have interacted with clients who succeed easily and others who struggle tremendously. The sad fact is seven out of 10 people who start an exercise or nutrition program drop out within a few months. If you know people who have been among those drop-out stats, the problem may not be with them– it may be with the method.  Most people attempt to do too much too quickly.  They do not do any planning and they don’t know how to monitor their progress.

This is where YOU come in! Over the next 4 weeks we will review the 4 steps that will help your clients dramatically increase their chances for success.

  • Step 1.  Determine how ready your clients are to make the changes.
  • Step 2.  Help your clients develop concrete internal motivation for helping them to adhere to their program.
  • Step 3.  Help your clients set SMART goals
  • Step 4.  Outline potential obstacles to success and strategies for overcoming them

We will spend the most time discussing step 1 because I believe it is absolutely critical to your success as a Personal Trainer.

Step 1.  Are your clients ready?

We generally know within a few minutes whether a client will succeed easily or not. If the client accepts our recommendations for changes to their exercise or nutrition program immediately and unconditionally, we know we will achieve success easily. If the client begins to make excuses or give reasons they feel they will not be able to adhere to the program, we can generally expect struggles throughout the process. They are not ready to make the changes required to see the results they want.  It is a good idea to use some type of “Readiness” questionnaire with your clients. This will help determine the approach to take with your client and will give you a good idea of they are truly “ready” to adhere to the programming you provide.

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Client Led Workout Design

BHill01-R2-051-24So your client has asked you to create a workout for her to do at home. This is great. Not every client can be a 2 times to the gym per week type client. It takes all different types of clients to fill your schedule. Just make sure she comes back to see you regularly and continue to update, evaluate and add to her workout design.

Here are the guidelines we give to our trainers when they are asked to create a client let workout design (keep in mind that every client is different and these are guidelines): Read the rest of Client Led Workout Design

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Tips For Client Motivation During The Holidays

nov2016moultonfallsAs fitness professionals we know that our clients (and maybe even ourselves…) tend to lose motivation for staying active during the holidays. With the stresses (and joys) of holiday cards, shopping for gifts, baking and spending time with family it is easy for our clients to skip workouts. You may not be able to combat this completely, but you can send them my top 7 tips for staying motivated during the holidays and hopefully that will help!

Do Less:

It can be hard to find the time to get in your full workout, but if you tell yourself you’re only going to do 20 minutes, it will be a lot easier to stick with it. So opt for a quick 15-30 minute express workout to keep your energy levels up and you won’t feel like you’ve got to start all over in the New Year. 

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Managing Menopause

sprint-drill-bWe recently hosted a Fitness & Training Conference at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland OR and flew in the international presenter, Hayley Hollander, from Chicago, IL.  She spoke on a variety of topics sharing cutting edge health and fitness info and I thought I’d share some of her tips on, managing menopause.

She pointed out that…..

…….managing the effects of menopause can be up to a 20 year process which is a big chunk of our lives so we definitely want to understand what’s going on in our bodies and do what we can to prevent, reverse or minimize any negative symptoms.

_mg_9676The highlights including the importance of Strength Conditioning and High-intensity Interval Training to offset the negative symptoms of Menopause.  She also outlined the most important strength exercises for women to include in their strength training routine on a weekly basis which include:

  • Overhead Press
  • Squat
  • Pulling
  • Bridging
  • Walk/Run/Locomotion
  • Bicep Curl

squatbEach of these exercises provide specific benefits in terms of either loading the spine or the hips, strengthening the lower body and our ability to move in a manner that promotes our ability to function in life, strengthening the postural muscles and improving our posture and alignment, strengthening the core, conditioning our upper body, and improving our ability to move through space. Read the rest of Managing Menopause

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Recommend Barefoot Running?

Vibram FiveFingersBarefoot running has become very popular. Do you have clients that have tried it? Do you recommend barefoot running? While I believe in the importance of strengthening our feet and letting our toes spread out like they were designed to do…we have to be careful when recommending that our clients start running “barefoot.”

The bottom line is that our feet need to be strengthened just like any other part of our body, but running barefoot should be approached carefully and bit by bit.

Here is what I like to tell my clients when they ask me about this topic:

Exercises for your FEET:

Since most of us wear shoes all day long and many women wear shoes that keep their feet in a very tight, constricted position all day long, our feet become very rigid. But our feet are designed with multiple joints and have the ability to articulate like our hands – just look at someone who has lost the use of their hands and they quickly adapt the ability to use their feet to write, eat, and perform various other daily tasks usually done by the hands. So the message is, we need to make an effort to increase the movement and functionality of our feet.

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Don’t EAT All That Candy!

halloweenSo fit pros….how many of your clients will be dipping into the Halloween candy more than they should? Almost all of them huh? Maybe you are guilty too :) I know I have a hard time staying away from all of the sugar this time of year, but if I remember these tips it makes it a little easier for me, my kids and my clients. Share with your clients before Monday and happy Halloween!

Eat Before You Trick or Treat:

If you have dinner before you head out to trick or treat, you’ll be full and less likely to munch while you go..

Trick or Treat & Move Your Feet:

It’s a positive thing that Halloween gets families outside and walking their neighborhoods so ask yourself, how can you add more movement to your Halloween holiday? Schedule an outing to the Pumpkin Patch and walk the maze, search long and hard for the perfect pumpkin and participate in all the active options.  Can you trick or treat in neighborhoods where the houses are spaced further apart requiring more walking or in an area that is hilly to get your heart rate up? Can you host a Halloween Dance party? Can you go on walks before Halloween to check out all the cool festive house decorations? Head to the large Haunted Houses that require a good amount of walking and exploring. Plus getting scared gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing which is a positive response!

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Clients DO Have Time For a Workout!

FullSizeRender 7One thing we’ve heard from many clients is how busy they are.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day to get everything done!  The good news? That’s exactly what you specialize in right?… helping really busy people commit to their health and fitness so they can look and feel their best.  Here are the tips we give clients when they are short on time, but still need to get a workout in:

Move Your Body:

Focus on increasing your overall activity more throughout the day.  If we all just took the stairs more than the elevator, parked further from our destination and walked to do errands, we wouldn’t have to spend hours in the gym!

Avoid Distractions:

We can’t tell you how many times we see gym-goers zoning out while watching TV or reading a magazine.  If you want to maximize your workouts, put away the books, magazines and distractions while working out so you can focus on what you’re doing and get in and out of the gym more quickly. Read the rest of Clients DO Have Time For a Workout!

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