So many people go to trainers in hopes of losing an unrealistic amount of weight in such a short time. TV makes it look like it can happen within weeks! When the client is unable to reach that goal they are disappointed, naturally. What do you trainers do to help a client understand this is a lifestyle change and will not happen overnight?
I once had a client who brought a list of goals to our initial consultation. One of the goals he had was to swim underwater, holding his breath for 4 minutes. Since our training didn’t involve swimming, I asked him why this goal was so important to him? He said he read that holding your breath underwater for 4 minutes was a measure of elite fitness. So, we then talked about the benefits of exercise, specifically improved cardiovascular fitness. He agreed to train with me and, after 8 weeks, he noticed that he didn’t have to “catch his breath” walking up a flight of stairs. Success! Education is a necessary part of our client services, and the knowledge we share helps our clients set realistic goals.