Having been in the fitness industry for over eight years I have seen the best and the worst business and training practices between client and trainer. When best practices are implemented, the relationship between client and trainer is caring, goal oriented, and the use of appropriate fitness programming is in place. When the opposite occurs, the relationship can be dysfunctional, stagnant, and many times the use of unsuitable fitness programming that may cause injury is prevalent. Whether you are a trainer or a client these Top 5 Best Practices go both ways and can only take the relationship to new heights of success.
5. Start from a place of trust. Both client and trainer must ask questions and give honest answers. For example, clients should believe that their trainer has their best interest in mind, trusting in the trainers knowledge and experience to execute and deliver results. Learn more with the TOP 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Fitness Trainer. Equally, the trainer must be able to trust the client to follow through on their agreed programming.
4. Function like a team because that is what you are. The client and trainer are teammates with the same purpose- to achieve a goal that is mutually agreed upon. The efforts of both parties must be in-line and complimentary. For example, the trainer gives his undivided attention to the client during their training hour and the client gives his or her personal best with each exercise effort.
3. Respect and monitor the effort. Both parties should acknowledge the hard work it takes to motivate, perform, and sustain the level of commitment it takes to reach a fitness goal. Give each other kudos, rewards, and other acts of acknowledgment. In addition, recognize special events such as birthdays as well as not forgetting to say thank you. Monitor the effort by periodically taking the clients body composition and circumference measurements because in the end, you can’t manage what you don’t measure! (Seeing the success on paper is pretty awesome! Makes the feeling that much more tangible!)
2. Be a Linchpin! This can mean many things (read How to be Awesome at Anything), but basically it is about going above and beyond what the “average” person would do. For example, when a client is traveling, a linchpin trainer would provide a hotel workout prescription via YouTube, Skype, or a quick written workout for the client to do. The client who behaves like a linchpin is one who is on time, ready to give their personal best, and who’s actions when away from their trainer is in-line with their agreed upon goals!
1. Train safely and in support of a goal. Trainers must train their client with consideration to their fitness level and their fitness goals because to do otherwise would be unprofessional. Clients must follow the instructions of the trainer and give honest feedback regarding any part of the training whether it’s too challenging or not enough. Trainers must practice progressive programming and clients must practice patience and consistency. Through their combined efforts, the client and trainer should see measurable results .
Good luck on everyone’s 2012 health and fitness goals!
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