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Steps on How to Get Your Clientele to their Goals as a Personal Trainer

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Aug 29, 2022
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Patricia Opsima

If you're a personal trainer, one of the most important things you can do is help your client get to their goals. However, it's not as easy as just telling them what to do and then watching them follow that advice. You need to be there for them every step to stay motivated and on track towards achieving their goals. Here are some steps for how to get your clients to stick with it all the way through:

The first step is to Introduce a Food Diary for the Client

Food Diary

Introduce a food diary.

There are many benefits of using a food diary, and you should encourage your client to keep one. A food diary can help you get to know your client better by understanding their diet, likes/dislikes, and how they feel after eating certain foods. It’s also beneficial because it gives you insight into what foods they eat regularly so that you can create an exercise plan that is right for them.

Get your client to stick with it!

It’s not always easy getting someone who isn’t used to writing down everything they eat every day, but if it helps keep track of calories consumed, it is worth the effort! If possible, try asking them about their progress each week so that way, when the time comes around again, there's something new happening other than just adding more weight onto machines at every visit (which, let's face it, happens quite often).

Identify the Foods that are Causing them to Gain Weight

Healthy and Unhealthy
  • To help your clients identify the foods that are causing them to gain weight, it is important for you first to understand the difference between good and bad carbohydrates. Good carbohydrates contain lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Bad carbohydrates have little nutritional value and tend to be high in fat, sugar and salt.
  • The best way for your client to do this is by keeping a food diary. It can be as simple as writing down what they eat every day on a piece of paper or using an app on their phone or tablet. They should also keep track of how much water they drink throughout the day.*

As you help your client identify which foods they need to eat more of and less of. This is the first step in helping them get to their goals. The next section will cover how to do this.

Foods that are good for you:

  • Green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach or kale
  • Nuts and seeds (like almonds or walnuts)
  • Whole grains (such as brown rice)
  • Foods that are bad for you:
  • Saturated fats such as fatty meats or high-fat dairy products (cheese, butter)

Suggest Alternatives to Unhealthy Favourites

Suggest alternatives to unhealthy favourites.

Ask your client what their favourite foods, drinks, snacks and desserts are. Then consider whether there are healthier alternatives that can help them achieve their goals. For example:

  • Instead of a cheeseburger with fries, suggest a grass-fed beef burger with sweet potato fries or a baked potato topped with salsa and guacamole.
  • Instead of a milkshake or soda, make an ice cream shake using coconut milk ice cream instead of dairy ice cream. Add cocoa powder for an added boost of antioxidants; this will also enhance the flavour! You could also suggest they try smoothies made from fresh fruit blended with plain yogurt instead of milkshakes or sodas.
  • Instead of French fries at lunchtime, try roasted sweet potatoes - these have more nutrients than French fries (and you won't feel like you're missing out on something).

Introduce Better Exercise Options by Showing Them What They are Doing Wrong

A good trainer motivates!

Bring a client to the point where they can do an exercise correctly, and then show them what they’re doing wrong. This is a great way to introduce better exercise options by showing them what they are doing wrong.

Don’t be afraid to tell your clients when they are doing something incorrectly. If you don’t, how will they ever know? Explain why their form needs improvement and offer suggestions on how to improve it.

Give Positive Feedback on your Client's Progress

Always give positive feedback.

There are many ways to give positive feedback.

  • Positive words: "You did a great job on that lift." "You look awesome today." "I am so proud of you for sticking with your diet."
  • Physical contact: A high-five, fist bump, or even a pat on the back are all ways to show appreciation for your client's hard work and progress. This type of gesture helps build trust between you and your client because it shows them that you care about them as more than just someone who is trying to make money from their success.

It doesn't matter what kind of physical contact you choose—just make sure it comes from the heart and shows genuine appreciation!

Key Takeaway:

A personal trainer needs to be there for their client all the way through to success to keep the client.

For a personal trainer to do this, they need to be available and able to help with their goals. It’s important that they can motivate them as well. As a personal trainer, you need to be protected at all costs also, which is why it is important to have an insurance plan that protects your income. We at Coverhero have got you covered! While you help your clients reach their fitness goals, we at Coverhero are dead-set on one goal, which is to give you the best insurance plan that protects your income!

If you’ve read this far, I hope you’re starting to see how important it is to have a goal-oriented clientele. You can approach the rest of your business knowing that you’ll have clients who are invested in their own success and will work hard to reach those goals.

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