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
This has obviously triggered something in her, it’s not about you. You stated “I am setting goals with my clients”. Possibly think about re stating that. My clients are setting their goals.
Is goal setting mandatory? If so, is it in your contract?
In reality, you can’t help her do anything. It’s all up to her.
Setting goals is pretty normal around this time of year, especially related to fitness.
Is rudeness typical for this client? If that’s really atypical for her, you might seek the opportunity to discuss the interaction in your next session. You didn’t say anything wrong, but it’s stuck with you. It might have stuck with her, too. You’re the only one who knows your training relationship well enough to know whether it would be useful clear the air so that this exchange doesn’t fester into something bigger than it needs to be.
If rudeness IS typical for this client, then chalk it up to her personality.