Foam rollers have long been used in rehabilitation clinics as a multipurpose tool to improve core stability, balance, proprioception, soft-tissue mobility and body awareness. Now these versatile devices are being seen in Pilates mat classes, weight rooms, athletic training centers, physical therapy clinics and yoga studios.
Has your schedule suddenly opened up? If you are a group exercise instructor, perhaps the number of classes you teach has been reduced; or, as a personal trainer, maybe you have lost a couple of clients who have moved away, gone on vacation or simply decided to exercise on their own. Now you find the hours of your day, once jam-packed with work, stretching endlessly before you.
One of the most common mistakes exercisers make during strength training is
to use momentum. For everyday movements, the use of momentum is normal and adaptive. It is the body’s way of conserving energy, particularly during running, throwing or pushing activities. But during strength training, momentum is counterproductive because it decreases the work a muscle does, thereby decreasing the effectiveness of the exercise. What’s worse, it is dangerous to the joints and spinal cord, since it overloads these areas, causing unnecessary “wear and tear.”
The best networking I do with trainers is at industry events or certification workshops. The settings are naturally conducive to meeting and discussing ideas with others in the field. With regard to branching out to other health professionals, I am quite lucky to have been a long-term patient of a top-notch local chiropractor. It is quite easy networking with him. In fact, my very first client was his wife!
Are you looking for a mind-body technique that can increase the success rate of your clients? If so, you may be interested in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Personal trainer and NLP master practitioner and coach Pam Rigden, MA, uses a unique combination
of NLP and more traditional personal training techniques to help clients address issues such
as weight loss, burnout and fatigue.
We’re all very good at beating ourselves up when we make a mistake. When was the last time you asked your clients what they like about your company, program design or customer services? As Peter Drucker once said, “We should spend at least as much time understanding our strengths as we do our weaknesses.”
New exercisers may show moxie by trying out strength equipment on their own, but a study in the May issue of Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2004; 18 , 324–7) suggests they’ll see results only with your
Personal trainers can be uncomfortable about asking for referrals. But don’t be shy, says author, presenter and 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Sherri McMillan, MSc. Your clients train with you because they like you. And they want to see you succeed. Asking for referrals is not overstepping your boundaries. You are providing an exceptional service most people would want to share with their friends, family members and colleagues.
McMillan suggests trying this system to help you comfortably ask for referrals.
You’ve decided to start your own personal training business. You’ve conducted a realistic assessment of the market and created a working business plan, so you know how much money you need to finance your start-up. Where do you get that money?