Rachel, a few clients that “fire me up” 1) Female client came to me as a last resort because she was heading for disc surgery. She was affraid to move, and now she moves like a cat and no longer requires surgery, i light up when is see her jumping!. 2) Female client with chronic neck pain, was going to a Chiropractor once or twice a week, now she goes once every 4 months, she gives me a hug every time she sees me!. 3) Female client with insomnia, lucky if she slept 2 or 3 hours a night with medications, now she sleeps 8 or 9 hours a night, she loves me to tears! How is that?
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.
Good to hear everyone is passionate about all of their clients. I have to admit, I am surprised.
I haven’t always been passionate about training ALL of my clients. Doesn’t mean I did not like or even love them. Until I got clear about what my passion really was and decided on a niche, I enjoyed my work, but, definitely could never have said I was passionate about ALL of my clients. I also was not a phenomenal trainer when I trained many different client types. Successful, but, not phenomenal.
I asked this question because I find it really hard to find trainers that niche. Especially where I am from. My business doubled when I evolved into my niche. Every time I passed a client on who I cared about deeply, but, wasn’t passionate about training, I would get two to replace the one. I ended up in a place that I am able to work the schedule I want, screen and decide what clients are right for me, and grow other aspects of my business. I could have never said that when I was willing to work with all populations.
Honestly, I managed a large facility with many trainers and we all worked like dogs. None of us in a “niche”. Most of them still working that way. Burn out was normal. I hear this a lot at the many seminars I go to. Very surprising to hear everyone here is passionate about all they are doing.
Let me ask you this…think about the client that you are the most fired up to work with. Who is that person? M or F? Weight loss? Sports performance? Mom, dad? Career? What do they drive? Where do they live? What are their hobbies? Why do you get so fired up about training them? Attitude? What are their beliefs? Values? Age?
So….how many of your clients fit the description of the one that fires you up the most. Don’t tell me they all fire you up equally. That’s my mom saying she loves me the same as my brother and then ignoring me the instant he walks in a room. LOL (just an example….sort of. hahaha there is something about boys and their moms)
I really want to know this stuff. I am working very hard to find people to include in my network that I can refer to. Knowing your thoughts will be helpful for me.
Thanks for all your answers.
I am pleased to say that, yes, I really do like all my clients. I even wrote about it in my last blog:)
I’m just lucky, I guess. Everybody I work with has clear goals, participates fully in the process, asks questions, is open to trying new things, eager to learn about new research/training techniques, etc…
Everyday is simply a joy!