What, to me, is the most important thing when training a new client?
Success in the immediate future.
That doesn’t mean weight loss. It doesn’t mean strength gains. It doesn’t mean increased mobility.
So, what does it mean?
I train clients of all fitness levels and abilities. They come with very different training backgrounds, along with significantly different health histories. So success to some people may simply be them walking in the door for the first time.
I’ve had clients literally pull in the parking lot and drive right out. Then they managed to park for a few minutes. They’ve then walked in the door, anxiety set in, and they left. So getting that person to stay and even just talk to me is a great success to me.
For others, success means better movement. Again, nothing to do with weight loss or strength increases. A majority of clients we see don’t truly understand how to move. Correcting someone’s form, getting them to understand the what and why of the pattern itself, and then loading it is a huge success. We have to remember that the other successes will come, but if we’re loading people prematurely or just allowing them to move however, injury will occur. Then what?
A success that is hard for people to achieve is believing in themselves. Self-doubt, depression, and negativity run rampant in today’s society. We don’t build each other up anymore. So by the time I get to work with people, mentally and emotionally they’re exhausted and honestly don’t believe they’ll be successful (in anything).
So my first job is to understand what your biggest success needs to be. Once I do that… once I get you to believe in yourself and believe in me as well (because I believe whole heartedly in every person I work with), all of the other successes will come.
Published on: Jun 19, 2017