Off Time

Joshua Chewning | 24 Jan 2018

trainer talking to client

There's 168 hours in a week. Of that 168, you may see your client for one, two, or three hours of that time. Based on math alone, it's easy to illustrate why your client may be having difficulty making lasting lifestyle changes to better support their goals. They are constantly bombarded with competing influences that are derailing their progress. It can be frustrating for you as their trainer to constantly see this, leaving you feeling helpless with making a difference. The client is equally frustrated and may quit - no goals get met, and you lose business. Nobody wins.

I'm going to share with you some tips that I've learned over the course of my career as a personal trainer that has helped me keep my clients on track and focused in the 'off time'.

Tip #1 - Text Reminder

Usually after a session has ended, the client is left feeling motivated. This feeling typically dissipates after a few hours, after he or she is pulled into a variety of directions. Consider setting yourself a reminder to text the client. Let him or her know you thought it was a great session. Mention something specific about their progress or effort. This will help the client reflect and refocus on the session. I typically shoot these texts out as I'm between clients or the following morning. This can also serve as a way to confirm next appointments.

Tip #2 - Utilizing a Fitness Binder

A combination of a physical binder, where the client can track his or her progress and goals, with the utilization of apps, will help serve as positive reinforcements for your client. I like to give my clients a binder at the first meeting and set forth the expectation that the binder will help guide their progress and must be a commitment.

Tip #3 - Consider the Home Environment

This is easy if you're providing at-home training. You're able to see potential roadblocks to your client's success because you're in the environment with him or her. This can sometimes be a challenge if you're training at another location. Consider FaceTime or Skype to assess the client's home space, if you're unable to go to the home in person. This can include looking at the client's refrigerator and pantry. You're able to provide objective suggestions for tweaks to the space or behaviors to better reinforce healthy behaviors.

Those are just three simple tips that you can begin integrating into your personal training business to help your clients meet their fitness goals. There are many outside influences that can make it much harder for your client to meet their goals. It may seem simple to you - eat right, get enough sleep, move and meet your goals. However, think about your own personal goals and what roadblocks you have encountered along the way. Reflecting on this will help you better understanding the difficulty your clients are facing each week.

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Joshua Chewning

About the author: Joshua Chewning

Josh is a personal trainer and lifestyle coach with 11 years of experience in the fitness industry. He has done both group and individual training, with expertise in developing personalized programs to meet his individual client’s needs. He engages his clients in practical and fun ways to incorporate fitness and healthy living into their everyday lives. He also works as a strength and conditioning coach for a high school football team. He enjoys working with athletes of all ages, in all sports, focusing on agility, speed, endurance, and injury prevention. As a cancer survivor, Josh has also worked with others fighting cancer and other serious illness. He partners with his client’s healthcare practitioners to develop programs that help promote health and healing, while ensuring safety. Josh has acquired his CPT and PES through NASM. Josh loves learning and enjoys researching health, wellness, and fitness related topics and incorporating those learnings into his programs.

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