When it comes down to being a successful Personal Trainer, it can be tough and frustrating when you see clients fall out of exercise and stop progressing down to a lack of motivation. As a Trainer, it is, in fact, your duty to keep your clients motivated in every way possible, although it can be tough to do so for even experienced Personal Trainers.
We have outlined some methods that you can try to keep your clients motivated and passionate about improving their wellbeing.
Set Realistic and Manageable Goals
A lot of Personal Trainers and their clients make a big mistake when they first start their early involvement with clients, as they are quick to set big goals that can be appealing, but are not manageable.
Setting small milestones and ‘mini-goals’ with clients allows students to see that their work is paying off along the way to reaching their overall goal. This is massively important when motivating clients, as it can be easy for clients to lose faith when they don’t see that their work is paying off.
Use Your Voice Well
When dealing with people, it is important that people realise that each person responds to things differently. When training clients, it is no different. This is why Personal Trainers need to get to know their clients to make sure they’re using the right words and tone of voice to motivate each client effectively.
A prime example would be that some Trainers believe that speaking loudly gets people motivated, but with some people such as shy clients, this may not be the case. Although this may seem like a small thing to worry about, it is something that can push clients away from keeping fit.
Focus Solely on Individual Clients
A lot of Personal Trainers apply a one size fits all approach when it comes to the early involvement they have with clients, which could push people away before you have even had the chance to train.
When on the first phone call, conversion or email, get to know why the client has got in touch with you, as this will allow you to see what motivations the client has. This may seem like a small thing to do, but it gives you the opportunity to get to know the client and what sort of person they are; from here, you can begin to plan goals, training and progression that suits them.
Change it up
In the modern day of fitness and Personal Training, there are too many Personal Trainers sticking to simplistic training plans, which after a while can become boring unenjoyable. As fitness professionals, our job is to make fitness accessible and appealing for all, so making sure your clients have fun and productive sessions is vital for success.
Many Trainers believe that finding out a client’s favourite exercises is the final point to creating the perfect regime, but it is in fact only the start of the journey. Knowing a client’s favoured workouts and exercises open up doors for Trainers, as it allows them to find further exercises that they can use to change up the training sessions.