Before I accept a weight loss client, I make it clear that their success is more dependent on their commitment than it is on my instruction. Weight loss clients can be more challenging when it comes to satisfaction because many want a “magic” solution to their weight management. I do not accept clients who do not express the understanding that their health is completely under their control.
I understand that many fitness professionals feel the need to accept clients under almost any conditions to make a living. This is not the way I see my business. I have chosen to take on a part time job when money was tight, while turning away potential clients because I was not the person for what they were looking for in fitness. And looking back, I am very glad I did this. It pushed me to become a better instructor and it earned me the trust of referring physicians, surgeons, and physical therapists.