the NLP advantage

by April Durrett on Sep 01, 2004

Mind-Body-Spirit News

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.

What is NLP? “NLP is about how we learn everything, from excellent performance to bad habits,” says Rigden. “It helps people understand, at a practical level, how they and others make sense of the world. It enables people to detect their own learned patterns of thought and behavior, and it has the tools to reprogram negative patterns with more positive ones.”

Why is NLP so helpful for personal trainers? Those trained in NLP can help clients identify their negative thought patterns and establish more useful patterns that will support them in pursuit of their goals.

If you’re curious about NLP and you don’t live in England, as Rigden does, don’t miss the chance to take “The Metaphor Circuit— An Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming” with her on Sunday, October 10, at the IDEA Personal Trainer Summit® in New York City.

In this workshop, you will discover—and experience—how to do circuit training while simultaneously working on personal development issues such as confidence building. Participants move through a sequence of predetermined metaphorical exercises, while focusing on specific emotional issues. The technique is powerful, according to Rigden, because the experience of letting go, for example, is not just emotional but also physical. For more information on the Summit, see www.ideafit .com. For more about NLP and fitness, see

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April Durrett

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April Durrett is a contributing editor for IDEA Fitness Journal.