I have decided to put on a fitness challenge in the gym and was wondering how I could still provide a service even though it is a challenge (i.e., “Biggest Loser”). Also, some of the members have certain contraindications (i.e., high blood pressure, lower back problems, etc). How would you structure a challenge with those members?
With the economic climate where it is at the moment and the challenges that face our consumers with regards to increased living costs, more and more trainers are turning towards small group training opportunities to drive revenue and to funnel more clients into their business. I believe that the starting point as a trainer is to realize that we are not in the game of "quick fixes," so programs like the “Biggest Loser” and other crash diets or radical approaches to weight loss is not something that we wish to advocate in any way. As fitness professionals, we are the change agents for our clients. We should promote long term compliance and lifestyle change as opposed to quick results, no matter the consequence. I believe it would be to your benefit to explore the small group activities such as boot camp classes (check out www.todddurkin.com for excellent boot camp information), and look into special population courses through Exercise Teachers Academy in South Africa (check out www.exerciseacademy.com for more information), so that you will feel more comfortable to deal with those high risk populations that approach you to get involved in challenges of this nature. The great upside for you having read up and studied those special populations is that you are then able to expand your offering as a personal trainer to deal with a broad range of clients. Not only will this elevate your profile within the club, but it will also carry your business forward to new areas and opportunities. Knowledge is the key, and by educating yourself using the tools mentioned above, you will be far more equipped to take on these challenges.