Lifestyle coaching is a perfect fit for personal trainers. You have the
opportunity to help clients with coaching techniques practically every day.
A perfect chance to develop these skills will be the 2004 IDEA Personal Trainer Summit, October 8–10 in New York City.
The sequential lifestyle coaching curriculum offered at the Summit is set up
so you can broaden your knowledge and establish valuable baseline skills. In addition, updated sessions will show you how you can augment your training revenue. Here’s a preview of the sessions:
You’ve heard the story before.Your new client has decided to start working out.As she tells you her goals, you discover that she has never been successful at any program,
and your health club is her third stab at making a lifestyle change. She explains that something always seems to get her sidetracked.This time, however, she knows it will be different.
When talking to her about the commitment it will take to change her lifestyle, you get the distinct impression that she was really hoping you hadamagic wand you could wave over her and transform her life. Sound familiar?
Lifestyle coach and personal training veteran Beth Rothenberg walks her talk.
Her ability to coax clients to take responsibility for their strengths and weaknesses has been seasoned by experience and fortified by living out the four main commandments that she professes: Take risks, move out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and be creative. This is the gospel according to Rothenberg.
For more than 20 years, IDEA has focused on providing fitness professionals with the educational resources they need to succeed in their careers. Now, as we begin our third decade of operation, IDEA is directing a large portion of our efforts to helping fitness facility managers and owners acquire the business skills and systems they need to make their facilities successful and profitable.
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Coaching is not a new field. “The general consensus is that personal life coaching evolved in the early 1990s out of the coaching techniques being used to motivate business executives in the 1980s,” says Mary Bratcher, wellness coach and co-owner of The Biomechanics Method in San Diego. “The application of life coaching to the health and fitness sector began to happen in the early 2000s.”
We are already aware of the problem: Too many people are unhealthy—some obese, some with diabetes or hypertension, some who just don’t exercise. And the tricky thing is that it’s not necessarily that people don’t want to become healthy. Often they do, and will try different food plans or exercise strategies. The problem is that these solutions don’t stick and people end up feeling frustrated and alone.
When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you respond? Perhaps you say you’re “a group fitness instructor,” “a yoga instructor” or “a Zumba® instructor.” The correct response is, “I’m a leader.” You do more than simply host amazing classes that help people get fit. It’s time to think bigger about who you are and what you do, if you truly want to Inspire the World to Fitness®.