Recently I started asking myself, do I enable clients too much? As a trainer/coach I am always looking for ways to better serve my clients and improve in my weak areas. People come to me for guidance, leadership, motivation,education etc. So how can I set them up to feel confident in all of those areas for themselves?
2 text messages from clients in the last few days really and truly pumped me up and made me feel very proud for them. One was a hotel workout that a client designed on her own which included some very challenging exercises that we have worked on, she could have easily hopped on a treadmill and put in some time doing a comfortable thing but no she stepped right into the weight area and did work!
Another was from a client at 6:30 am who had already completed this as her workout
AWESOME!! This is so cool because here again she choose some great exercises not just things that she might be comfortable with….plus she has written it in her workout journal so she can log the workout and look back later for ideas and see what she did that day/how she felt etc. Journaling workouts is a great tool to measure your progress, in fact it has been proven time and time again that if you focus more on your performance progress and not waste your time chasing a scale weight or “ideal body” you will be much better off in the long run.
I could really care less about before and after pictures, those are a dime a dozen and can be manipulated in various ways. I care far more about transformations like this, where a client comes to me looking for guidance and in time they take ownership over their own fitness and create workouts on their own. It shows growth and it shows they are in this thing for the long haul not a transformation picture. How did they get to this point? Well they asked questions, they asked me to write out the workout they did with me so they can repeat it, they asked what weight would be good for a certain exercise for them. They evolved over time!
As a trainer my relationship with clients goes far beyond giving them a “good workout” and sending them along with their day knowing they got a good sweat on (not an indicator of a good workout by the way) my relationship with clients is a CLIENT-CENTERED approach where I try my best to empower them to make behavior changes and take what they have learned from me and put it into play in their own lives.
On that note…come see me at Fitness you can live with anytime, I work with people at ALL fitness levels and meet YOU where YOU are at today!