Karin’s client perhaps has a powerful “why” and Karin’s expertise, professionalism and personality aligns well with what the client wants to accomplish. Most client need to create intrinic meaning for themselves or they will fail long term. You can keep them entertained, you can educate, and provide the resources, but the greatest motivator is self determination. While knowing the stages of change is nice, it does not move a clinet from contemplative to action. Ahhhs do that. Motivation is supported through management of energy- via one’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical self. If you can help the client allign their exercise regime to these dimensions then you have provided a valuable key.
I tell them they can do anything they want to do, that nothing is impossible
Sometimes I have them repeat things they say to me with a positive tone attached to it, I will ask them to say thier goals out loud to me
I always remind them that they have to want it in order to get it.
Challenging clients keep me on my toes, however, they are only challenging if we allow them to be.
After edifying all of there actions and positive efforts, if this does not change their motivation, I help them refocus their goals from calculated measurements of girth and weight to effort driven goals. When clients think of goal setting in regards to fitness, most focus on results that if impatient, will discourage their efforts. This goal setting strategy allows the client to back off of the constant urge to see physical results, and to patiently refocus on continuous effort and positive habit creation that produce constant small achievements. I always find that motivating the client to focus on effort driven goals, such as, frequency of training (ex. 60 mins for 3 times per week), dieting habits, sleep schedule, etc. allows them to realize fitness as a lifestyle and not just a quick fix.
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