In prep for 2015, I am setting goals with my clients. I approached a client and she said she does that in her personal life. She was very rude about it, like I was asking her something inappropriate, when in reality I am just doing my job. I asked her again, “are you sure you don’t want to set any fitness goals in here?” And explained that setting specific goals can help me, help her reach her goals. And she rudely responded no, I think you know what my goals are. I left it as is.
I work in a private 1 on 1 studio. She came to our studio for weight loss and has been making progress. I’m just so appalled at how rude and put off she was about me reevaluating her goals
There are a few different ways you can go with this, but based on her response to you, I would simply respect her decision at this time. Try not to take her comment so personally. Since she is a weight loss client that has been making progress–she IS on the right track to achieving her goals (without knowing any of her specifics).
I would point out her accomplishments and just continue to encourage her efforts. Continuing to lose weight–and sustaining it–can be a challenge for many overweight clients. So, since you already know she is making progress, I would work on making a strong and supportive connection with her. Make sure her training sessions leave her feeling good about her abilities. Include some components of exercise that she really likes. She needs the positive feedback and encouragement. This will help to build her trust, then perhaps you can revisit more specifics goals another time.