How To Set Realistic Goals With Your Personal Training Clients

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I find setting goals with my personal training clients a very important part of my success. What I am learning at the moment though is that just setting goals that relate to weight and measurements is not doing the job. I have been trying a different approach recently by looking more at habits rather than numbers and food.

I believe sometimes it is easy for a personal trainer to tell a client to eat more protein, less sugar etc but if it was that simple, surely everybody would be doing it? Some clients I have worked with have changed everything straight away but it is very rare. What we need to understand as personal trainers is that sometimes people can't just switch things on and off like we can. We perhaps need to use a bit more tact and ease clients into things gently.

I have been finding that by looking at habits rather than food types or portions seems to have a good impact. This means that we can focus on small changes at a time and not put too much pressure on people. A good place to start might be breakfast. If someone is currently not eating breakfast then introducing the habit of starting the day off with a meal could be a great platform to work from. If you can help your client get in the habit of eating something healthy as well, then this could have a massive effect on the nutritional choices throughout the day. This could be then be monitored for a week and then you could move on to something else.

Another great idea is eating too late at night. How many times have you encountered someone who eats a massive meal a night. This doesn't help weight loss or sleep. A simple tweak like don't eat after 8pm another habit that could be changed quite easily. If you could incorporate the breakfast and evening meal habits in one go, this starts the process. Once these have been achieved, you can then start to work on the macro nutrients in the same way.

This is just one approach and I have seen some positive results so far with my personal training clients. If you find yourself in the position of losing clients because of too much change in too little time, this could be a great way of easing clients through the health and fitness journey.

Hi I'm John Hill, Director of business development for Inspiring Fitness personal trainers. We pride ourselves on supporting personal trainers to succeed in business. We offer guaranteed client enquiries for the life of your business, unlimited support and growth and development opportunities. 

http://johnhill.inspiringfitness.co.uk

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