I like your line of thinking…
A few clients who get me “fired up”:
1) Woman, 58 years, walks to the studio in about 15-20 minutes: she’s lost about 25-30 pounds in the year or so we’ve been working together. She was ready to do this: she set up what she called her “dream team”: me (PT), dietician, spouse support. She was inspired and inspiring to work with because she was, and still is, willing to try anything. She’ll ask questions, make suggestions, always trying to learn and understand what and why we are doing and the effect it’s having on her and her body. I love her to pieces! An absolute joy!
2) Woman, 35 years, lives around the corner from the studio, but lately been rushing in ’cause she had to drop 8 year old son off at day camp: Self-reported that she’s been inactive for about 8 years!! (believe me, I’ve probed, and she swears she hasn’t been doing anything regular for that long….hard for me to comprehend sometimes…but then I have my own two munchkins and I can see how time could slip away:). She works full-time, so her energy, time, resources, etc. are all potential challenges. She is SO cool! I’ve only been working with her for about 2.5 weeks and she’s up for anything! She has a sports/athletic background which is obvious and very helpful in our training since we already kind of speak the same language. She’s proof that muscles have a memory! She knows her body very well (it’s strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, what it needs, etc…). Her enthusiasm, drive, and energy make me want to challenge her on every level, while simultaneously teaching her a few things and allowing her some valuable relaxing time (i.e., time for her).
3) Male, 67 years: This guy is a hoot! He’s a science guy (taught biology for years) so he has an informed view of a lot of what we do. Very cerebral fellow: he’ll ask very specific questions about muscles, joints, etc…Again, he’s keen to always try something new, but with him, he really thrives on knowing the nuts and bolts of what we’re doing. We often discuss current/recent research during the workout; it stimulates him, and as often as possible offers a more precise context within which to work.
Hope this insight is helpful.