I’ve found, that it depends on the client. I often have a conversation with the client to see what they want. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but I want our sessions and their experience with exercise and healthy living/nutrition to be a positive and uplifting one. I want them to look forward to our working together, learning more, changing lifestyles and not worry about the scale and the possible negative connotation that can take. So I ask them. How do they feel about weighing in weekly?
Some of my clients LOVE IT! They jump at the chance! They chart their progress, look over my shoulder as I jot in on their chart/graph. They’re excited to see how they’re progressing or where they need to make changes. And we talk about both depending on what the numbers are telling us.
I have other clients who have been on the weight loss/gain roller coaster for years and just can’t take another set back. The scale sends their self worth plummeting. I don’t want that! So we don’t weigh in as often, maybe once a month. We focus on what changes they’re making. How they’re feeling. Did they “move” more this week. Make food substitutions. Work on personal issues that affect their weight. We discuss what food means to them and how we can change perceptions. We take a different approach.
You’ll know which category your client falls into by asking them that question. And they’ll appreciate another approach than just the scale. Remember, we’re trying to improve overall health and lives, not just a number on a scale!
Hello Jessica Beauchemin,
This is where personal training becomes personal. It depends on how the client views weight with success in their program.
I also focus more on the healthy lifestyle habits that contribute to how the clothes fit and how the client is feeling… better or the same.
All clients are different; so, this is where I must go with the flow…weighing weekly or monthly, or not telling the result to the client.
For a large goal like that, I also cut it down into smaller goals for the client to see progress and remain motivated.
Thanks everyone, you’ve given me much to think about. Together we decided that once/month is what she’s happy with. We are definitely focusing more on how she feels and the functionality she’s regaining in her body–not so much the number on the scale. She’s an amazing and inspiring client and I am humbled to work with her. I hope that she continues to progress this well.
I know a client that said they weighed them weekly, but he said it would be a different time frame if they weren’t losing an ideal amount because they didn’t want to discourage them too often.
Hope this helps,