Stay positive – A positive mind-set goes without saying when you’re a personal trainer. However, we all have our good and bad days but it’s important you know how to compartmentalize. This is definitely one of the hardest parts of being a good personal trainer, but remaining positive is absolutely essential.
Set short and long-term goals – Eating well, or being physically active can be considered goals but it’s safe to say that hardly anyone wants to simply “be active”. Being and staying active is actually means to an end. People simply want to “live longer”, “look better”, “weigh less”. These are the real goals here but they are often seen as overwhelming. This is why it is crucial to set short and long-term goals for you clients. Setting a long-term goal to lose 50 pounds of fat or gain 20 pounds of muscle is easy enough but these goals can take a long time to realise. You should set short-term goals like lose 5 pounds by the end of the month. This way, your clients will notice their progress and that alone can maintain a positive mind-set.
Make workouts fun – Everyone knows that workouts are supposed to be tough but they should still be good fun! Try to make sure that every workout has a good peak and a good ending with workout plans that are varied and interesting. This could involve varied timing or rearranging sets and saving a favoured exercise until last. Simple things like this will ensure your clients remain engaged.
Talk to your clients – You might be surprised to hear that a lot of personal trainers fail to develop a personal bond by communicating with their clients. For example, if you can see that you client is feeling down, then you should call them out on this and find out why they are feeling the way they do. Sometimes clients need to be reminded of the reason they took up training in the first place and the amount of progress they have made over a specific timeframe.