I‘M ALWAYS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT NEW WAYS TO IMPROVE MY RESULTS WITH CLIENTS. During my first two years as a trainer, I felt a little powerless with some clients.
I told them all the right things. Reduce carbohydrates, eat more protein and veggies with every meal, strength train. The thing is, a lot of my clients didn’t make much progress.
Every week I would take their measurements but still no change. I’m sure you know the feeling. It’s frustrating as hell. They were just “bad clients.” I would slowly get rid of them and work with people who actually wanted to change, not time wasters.
As a fitness professional you have to realize that you’re an outlier. We are the minority. I remember my first day of my exercise science degree my lecturer called us all “freaks.”
Why you ask?
Most people don’t look forward to hitting the gym first thing in the morning or doing mobility work during free time. They’re not like us. So why then do we as an industry act a like we’re training fellow trainers? Someone who puts fitness and nutrition above everything else in their lives?
Once I opened my eyes I realized that they weren’t bad clients. I was just a bad trainer. It wasn’t that they weren’t getting it. It was that I was speaking to them at my level, not theirs.
If you want to be more than just another rep counting trainer it’s time to start helping clients build habits and change behaviors.