If you’re a new, enthusiastic personal trainer, you’re probably eager to share your newfound knowledge with your clients. Delivering value and sharing all your fresh ideas seem like the priority, but pause. The best personal trainer app or courses cannot help you if you don’t consider 4 things about your clients:
- Many of your clients have never been to the gym, heard of physical training, and even most of the exercises.
- A lot of them are in the transition of behaviour/lifestyle changes (like detoxing from alcohol or drugs).
- Most of them have demanding jobs, families, and real life needs that require a lot of time and mental energy.
- They truly do not care much about all the finer details of the training aspect of things, only about the results.
Most of the times, while you’re enthusiastically going on and on about a certain point of the instruction, chances are your clients are just nodding their heads to humour you. This will, eventually, dampen your own excitement and dishearten you. All your excitement won’t let the clients remember the instruction clearly because of information overload.
The best thing you can do as a personal trainer for your client is to keep it simple.
Here are 4 ways you can keep your clients engaged to your exercise instructions.
Four tips on how to keep clients “tuned in” to your exercise instruction
1. Take it down a notch.
As a new personal trainer, it’s hard to get rid of all the excitement. But to actually tune the client into the session, tone it down a bit.
Begin by telling the client about the features of the exercise and the various ways it will benefit them in the context of their goals. Include how it will make them feel as a consequence, and then demonstrate the exercise with minimal or no talking.
Keep in mind that a new personal training client is mostly learning by observing youyou’re your movements on the first day. Watching you perform a few exercises with great technique is what imprints better for them. Any verbal cues at this point will only confuse the client, and disturb their visual retention of the exercise.
2. Let your clients do the work.
Once you have instructed the client, let them safely get into the starting position, and give them the cues to start movement. Since your client has just seen you do the demonstration of the exercise, all they need to do is mimic the movements. Doing this, while you observe and make sure the posture and positioning is correct, will keep the client fully engaged in the exercise.
3. Just correct the technique.
Initially, don’t halt the client or correct every little thing the first time the client wants to perform. This will only hit their self-esteem and might take them out of the moment. To prevent the client from detaching, let them perform the exercise. If they can do it well, that’s good. Give them a few words of encouragement and reinforce the movement cues you gave them initially. That includes everything from breathing, to spinal movement, and more. Once your client is done with the exercise, guide them on how to safely exit the exercise and remove the equipment.
4. Build a rapport.
After the first few times, once your client has gelled enough with you to feel more comfortable, build a rapport. Share your enthusiasm about the exercises at this point, when the client is already more than halfway invested in the training.
The health and fitness industry is on the rise. These are the 4 most basic, simple ways to keep your clients engaged. Remember, personal training is all about the client’s physical and mental well-being. Integrating these practices will only improve the quality of your coaching.