Whether you’re just starting in the industry or have been working with years of experience as a personal trainer, there are many mistakes that you might not even be aware that you’re making. This is easily done while working hard to help clients improve their fitness levels and reach their goals. We’ll discuss a few of the common mistakes personal trainers make.
Mistakes Personal Trainers Make
Making sure that you’re aware of the mistakes personal trainers make can improve the service you provide and increase customer retention and word of mouth promotion.
Thorough Client Consultation
One of the most important parts of being a personal trainer is the initial consultation with your client. It’s recommended that you put aside at least an hour before any training commences with your client. It’s at this time that you determine where your client is in terms of readiness, their exercise history and more important for you their medical background. Too often personal trainers fill this time with their sales pitch, what they can do for the client and how they justify their hourly fee. Build that rapport with the client. However, don’t forget for the sakes of your insurance, get the medical history as well as the required paperwork completed (PAR-Q and informed consent at a minimum).
Poor Record Keeping
You would keep track of what you lifted in the gym, or what your personal best is in terms of a weight lifted/race time. This isn’t any different for your client. Yes, you want them to be accountable for their own progress and develop independence. But in those moments where your client is lacking the motivation to carry on or hits a bump in the road with a plateau, you’d like to be able to remind them of the progress they’ve made up to that point.
Lack of Communication
The ability to motivate others is key as a personal trainer. This helps keep your clients consistent with their thinking and training. We’re not talking about pestering via Whatsapp or other messenger apps, however, in the gym positive reinforcement when they do something well is key when building their confidence. You’re also a guide when it comes to providing information regarding nutrition and other factors which can affect a healthy lifestyle. Social media can only help so much in terms of giving out information, face to face communication is key!
One Size Fits All
Personal trainers spend a lot of their time creating programs for clients (this goes on behind the scenes) and often it’s easier for them to consider re-using a routine they developed for ‘client A’ with ‘client C’. However what they may not have taken into account are other lifestyle factors which are different between the two clients. (Overall goals and time available to train just to name a couple). It’s important that all client training is individual to that client addressing their fitness levels, progress and goals. Remember to use the FITT principle when developing a training plan.
Unfortunately, many personal trainers think that once they’ve got their industry qualifications that’s all they need. This is one of the biggest mistakes personal trainers make. Taking further continual professional development (CPD) courses, reading books, articles and listening to podcasts will increase your knowledge base as a personal trainer and ensure that you stay up-to-date with the latest training fads/methods in the industry.
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