Archive for January, 2017

Don’t Let Clients Be Quitters

January 31, 2017

muscle-class-sherriOK Fit Pros. We are entering into Feb and as many of us know we tend to see some “new years resolution” clients start slipping away. Don’t let them be quitters! So why do some of our clients quit long before they’ve achieved their goals? Let’s dig deep and find out…starting with the reasons clients don’t renew memberships.

The most frequently reported reasons for not renewing a membership are as follows:

  • Couldn’t afford the expense 30%
  • Overcrowded facility 27%
  • New demands made on my time 26%
  • Inconvenient club location 18%
  • Lost interest/motivation 17%
  • Moved/relocated 16%
  • Switched to outdoor exercise 15%

Not surprisingly, concerns about price and time were among the three most commonly cited reasons for quitting a club. While lack of adequate disposable income or time are certainly legitimate explanations for leaving a club, it’s likely that a significant percentage of the ex-members surveyed hadn’t been successful in making fitness or exercise a priority in their life. If your client’s fitness level and health are very high priorities, they find the money or the time to commit…and you can lead them in that direction. But, if they never use their gym membership, it becomes harder and harder to rationalize paying for it.  Conversely, regular usage yields greater satisfaction and more benefits, making it easier to identify the value received, and understand the cost and time requirements. So, if you want your clients to actually use their membership, you’ll have to figure out what you need to do to actually commit to their exercise program.  A consistent, committed effort will make a club membership worth the investment.

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Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 4 Cont…

January 25, 2017

no-more-excusesWe 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
We have addressed the “no time” excuse

I wanted to address a few more of the top excuses/obstacles our clients give us and the strategies to help them overcome each of these common obstacles.

#1: I have No Energy

Those who exercise regularly know from experience that exercise actually leaves you with more energy!

Some Helpful Strategies for Overcoming This Obstacle Are:

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Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 4

January 18, 2017

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

January 10, 2017

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 more on Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 3…

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Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 2

January 2, 2017

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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