Client Goals Attained
There was a recent discussion I was involved in, what happens when a client come to you with specific goals that are attained by a certain period. Do you continue to train based on same training program, reassess the clients needs or shake and depart.
Congratulations to the client that reached thier goals! And to you if this was your client!
Not knowing details about this client and their alotted time to reach their goals or their specific goals reached...I would do another assessment, (at least a final assessment) and set new goals if the client agrees to continue forward with training.
Their are endless fitness goals one can propose from the simple to the extreme. If this is a good client....I would keep them!
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Wishing You Great Success!
I would ask the client what he wants.
Regardless of the client's goals, you would have assessed and design a program which combines the wants and needs. If the goal has been reached, then the client is aware of this as well, and I would assume that he or she would even initiate the conversation.
Unless, of course, you want to 'shake and depart, in which case you have to tell the client.
It's up to the client. When my clients attain their goals, I usually have a conversation with them and ask them if they have any new goals in mind. If clients have been compliant and pushed themselves to reach their goal(s), chances are they’ve grown to appreciate a good challenge and they’ll look forward to a new one. I try to give them some new ideas and if they express an interest in setting new goals, I perform another assessment and design a program that will help them reach those new goals. If not, I make sure they maintain their current fitness level until they decide what to do next. They may not have new goals in mind and may just want to maintain, which is a goal in itself. Clients who aren’t even willing to continue and train at a maintenance level may put their health and fitness on the back burner where it was before they began training, in which case you will likely hear from them again even if you’re parted ways.
The client usually knows what he/she wants, which takes a lot of pressure off me. If my clients are happy, then I'm happy too.
If you want to retain a client from a business perspective, you can push the client to do more. And sometimes, that's why they hired you in the first place, so don't feel bad about it. Lose more weight, run a road race, run a longer race, try a sport, drop a medication, etc.
The only way to find out is to sit down with your client. In the end, it's what is in the best interest of the client.
I leave that up to the client. Keeping in touch to make sure they are doing well will spark something that needs consideration; then the fun starts again... this time with bigger and better goals in mind.
I find that most clients who are happy with their results, have already thought about their next challenge and are ready to see where their training can help.
Others are happy with what they have achieved and continue on their way. I usually stay in touch with these clients and we tweak their program every month of so, so they'll continue to be challenged and see results.
This is a great problem to have!
I understand that he/she has met their goal, however, we are also educating our clients.
For me this would be an ideal opportunity to highlight the benefits of a periodized routine. Periodized fitness programming works for professional athletes. It might be a good idea to utilize it with your client.
Best to you.