By: Briana Boehmer, 411Fit.com
Providing successful fitness programming is not just a matter of dumbbells and crunches. When we talk about providing a meaningful service to our clients that produces tangible outcomes, personal trainers know it comes down to much, much more.
With the fast paced and ever evolving world of fitness, there is a lot to wade through when it comes to finding the proper tools and resources to effectively work with your clients. And the truth – it’s only going to get more confusing. Technology will continue to evolve and research will continue to be done. Yet there are still “staples” that every personal trainer should have available no matter what new fancy gadget comes to market…here we review the top 5 in no particular order:
This can come in many forms but having a solid educational foundation you can tap into is extremely important. As with any industry, you need to keep yourself on top of current research, trends and protocol. The best way to do this is take advantage of all the continuing education and resources your certifying body provides. You chose their organization for a reason! Top on our list: NASM, ACSM and NSCA.
Constant Communication Systems
Now more than ever, your clients are inundated with all sorts of information pertaining to their health and fitness. The more involved you can be in their progress/goals to guide them in the right direction, the better they can navigate on their own when they really need to. Of course we like 411Fit’s Coaching Edition best to track client nutrition/exercise and receive up-to-the-minute alerts and reports on their ups and downs!
This has many meanings all tying into the same overreaching concept: people respond to support. Make sure you have a network of peers within the health/wellness industry that you are constantly learning from and make sure your clients have a network of peers they can relate to as well. Find blogs online that support your own (or your clients) goals such as:
Everyone wanes from time to time on his or her motivational level. It’s important to stay upbeat and energetic for your clients. Find articles on the web like, LiveStrong’s How to Motivate Personal Training Clients. Or, hire a personal coach to help you stay motivated. Even a quick google search for motivational quotes, videos or stories can provide a quick uptick in your energy. Don’t forget to keep case studies and testimonials from personal clients to remind you why you do what you do!
Organized Client Tracking/Management
Training clients involves much more than just providing a workout. It involves periodized, individualized and calculated training with a purpose. The days of paper logs and spreadsheets have been replaced with robust tools that help you better track and communicate with your client so that you can help them succeed. One of the many strengths of the 411Fit Coach Edition lies in better client tracking and management.
While the five items above are foundational to creating a meaningful client-trainer relationship and growing your reach, don’t forget the biggest asset you have – YOU. Make sure that all of the tools above work to create a better platform for YOU to bring your value to your clients, peers and industry.