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 am passionate about all my clients BUT…there are some I am really passionate about. To say I could actually weed out clients because they don’t fit the bill for me is not something I am willing to do because… I find I am more passionate about the ones that work hard, push themselves towards their goals, do what it takes, and have a positive attitude about all the hard work. The problem with weeding out for me is…I would never get the chance to know if a person fits that bill until I train them for a while.
But I do have a favorite….
50 year old male, needs to lose almost 100 lbs (or should I say..used to need to lose 100 lbs :D), started off very shaky, but is one of my strongest, toughest, smartest, most dedicated towards succeeding clients I have ever had!
To my mind, the question about being passionate about all of my clients is different from the question of do I practice in a particular niche. As I said in my earlier answer, I AM passionate about all of my clients because I do some analysis and selection BEFORE I take on a client. If I feel that we do not match, I don’t take them as a client. Therefore, once I take them, I’m fully engaged with them and I am passionate about helping them.
Separate from that is do I practice in a particular niche. Yes I do. But I don’t think that precludes me from working with general fitness clients as well. An analogy to medicine would be an Internist who “specializes” in a particular medical disorder, yet also sees general medicine patients as well. I specialize in working with female athletes of all ages. Improving sports performance and perhaps more importantly, reducing their risk of non-contact knee injuries is my “specialty.” I have a ton of experience in this area and am specially trained. However, I do LOVE working with clients with other issues and challenges. In my opinion Rachel is correct in that to be really successful at what we do as trainers, we should specialize in a particular area. However, with that being said, I think that working with other clients (with GENERAL FITNESS needs) outside of your specialty area, keeps you engaged in all aspects of this huge world of fitness that we are involved in.