I have been a Personal Trainer for 7 years and have dealt with all sorts of clients, but there’s a new client I picked up a couple of weeks ago that seems to get sort of aggravated during our sessions. She never complains about the exercises i have her do, but seems to get frustrated and cranky as she performs the exercises. She told me she wants me to push her hard and wants to feel like she has to crawl out of the gym after sessions but It’s almost like the challenge of the exercises, which are circuit-training based and core engaging (she wants to lose weight), get to her so much that she feels like she has to show her emotions. Again, she has never complained or whined about not doing an exercise; she just gets cranky and frustrated at herself, it seems. What should I do? Should I ignore her emotions and continue to push her hard, which her and I know she needs in order to lose weight?
I think Karin has given a great, simple response. Start by just showing your concern in a matter of fact way so that she doesn’t get too freaked out, but be sincere. Karin’s words were great. If you don’t get anywhere with that, consider your professional resources. It could be that she’s one of those people who just gets into it by focusing really hard. Maybe she’s hard on herself because she feels like she needs to be. If she’s getting to her sessions and putting 100% in, then for now she’s probably right where she needs to be. By being positive, you’ll eventually get through to her and help her to see exercise as fun and rewarding!