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Motivating Mind Games

Posted by on August 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Clients come to us for many different reasons, but one of the top reasons is because they need the motivation and accountability that comes with personal training and group training. But, what happens when those same clients are trying to find the motivation to exercise when you aren’t there to push them? Try telling them about these effective mind games that can be big time motivators…..

Mantras

Pick an inspiring phrase that you repeat over and over again to put you in a trance-type state that assures you to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Something like “I can do this”, “I’m stronger than I think I am”, “Keep going”, “Never quit” or “I got this” might do the trick for you.

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Are Your Clients Fat AND Fit?

Posted by on August 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm

We all have clients that tend to carry extra body fat, but we know these same clients have been working hard and are fit. I recently wrote a blog post for our clients on this very topic! Please share this information with your clients….

“Are you carrying a lot of extra body fat? Although our society as a whole tends to fat-shame, the good news is some evidence suggests that fitness is more important that fatness, as the primary factor in reducing someone’s risk for developing various health problems. The message is this…..

…..fitness is very important whether you’re fat or not. In fact, if you are an exerciser who carries a significant amount of body fat, you can still be fitter and healthier than someone who doesn’t exercise at all and may be skinny.

If you’re not working out, you need to start and if you lose weight on the way, which you will if you follow a good workout program, it’ll be a bonus. Read more on Are Your Clients Fat AND Fit?…

Losing Weight Isn’t The Goal

Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 9:46 pm

GF_2016_FinishlineThe number one reason people will consult with a personal trainer is to help them lose weight. At Northwest Personal Training we like to take a unique approach to helping our clients reach that goal.

Many of our clients start off with this approach – “As soon as I lose the weight or get fit, then I’ll start doing the things I’ve always wanted to do”. But I like to take the opposite approach with my clients…give it a try!

First, have your client set an activity goal (like running a race etc.) and in the process of training for the event or activity your client will get in shape!

And it’s such a positive, motivating focus. For example, let’s say your client sest a goal of finishing a 5km fun run. Setting this kind of goal, because it has a deadline, provides a compelling reason to stick to the program and not miss workouts. In contrast, if your client’s goal is to lose 10 pounds in 2 months, if they get off track, they can easily negotiate with themselves and say, “Well, I guess I can wait an additional week or two to achieve my goals.”  But if they get off track with their training program while preparing for an event, they can’t call a race organizer and ask them to postpone the event because they aren’t going to be ready. You can also use the activity/event as a friendly reminder and a way to push your clients to work with you and stick to the goals you have set.

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Weight Loss Challenge Encouragement

Posted by on April 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Wweight loss challenge launch_2017e have officially kicked off our
Spring Makeover/Weight Loss Challenge!

Recent tips I have given you for running a weight loss challenge:

Now that we have our teams set and are well on our way to weight loss…it is time for our trainers to motivate their teams! Keep your weight loss challenge participants engaged and excited with regular email, face to face and team communication. 

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Client Motivation Client Commitment

Posted by on April 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Lasts week we discussed how to get the commitment for your weight loss challenge from both existing and new clients. After writing that blog post I thought that this excerpt from our Fitness Results Manual (which you can have and make your own…go HERE for more details) could be a message you send to your clients to help keep motivation and commitment on track.

14495276_10154537968438607_8541844687616630481_nThe number one reason clients consult with us is to help them manage their weightAmericans are getting unhealthier each year. Health-related disease such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders, and various forms of cancer are at an all-time high. We must consider the effect of excess weight on our joints and backs, not to mention the psychological effects on our self-esteem and confidence!

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Weight Loss Challenge: Get The Commitment

Posted by on April 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm

Fruits-and-Vegetables-1024x819The best way to ensure that your weight loss challenge participants see the results they expect is to clearly state what you expect them to do during the 6 weeks of the challenge and then have them commit to these expectations by signing at the bottom of the list of expectations.

Here is a list of what we ask our weight loss challenge participants to commit to:

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Generate Revenue With A Weight Loss Challenge

Posted by on March 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Our most successful “extra” revenue generating program is our Spring Makeover/Weight Loss Challenge. We generate about $20k in extra revenue with this program every spring. I like to remind fit pros of these types of programs and give you the info on how we run this program in a way that helps our clients, our trainers and our bottom line!

Spring MOCYou can read through what we tell our clients about the Spring Makeover Challenge HERE, but here are the basic details:

Program Launch: Wednesday April 19th from 6:45pm – 7:45pm

How does the challenge work?
Everyone will be assigned to a trainer’s group and the groups will compete against each other throughout the challenge. Clients can either be randomly assigned to a trainer’s group or request a certain trainer(s). (See the different groups for this year’s challenge). Clients can do this challenge on their own, by working with a trainer privately or by participating in our Group Training classes. They can make this challenge as self-motivated as they like or they can utilize our services to help them through the process and maximize their results. We encourage clients to come to the studio at least once per week to weigh-in, check their progress, and adjust their behaviors accordingly. Many benefit from daily or every-other-day weigh-ins during this type of weight-loss challenge. We encourage clients to book these weigh-ins into their calendar so they always remember and so we can record and monitor their progress. If clients have any questions or concerns or just need a motivational boost, they can contact their team trainer.  Read more on Generate Revenue With A Weight Loss Challenge…

Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 3

Posted by on January 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

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…

Motivation and the Process of Change: Step 2

Posted by on January 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm

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

Posted by on December 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

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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