I recently aquired two new clients, both overweight, and spent over 2 hours assessing them, calculating their BMRs, and recommending a caloric range for both.
For one of them I recommended between 1500 and 1750 calories for an average weight loss of 1-2 lbs a week if she exercises. She changed her caloric intake to 1200 in the program, chose to eat 600 calories for a few days, then stopped logging her meals altogether. The other client was staying within his caloric range but ate very low ND foods such as white pasta, pancakes, and processed meats. I asked him to incorporate one fruit, vegetable, or side salad a day. He chose to ignore me for 3 weeks and then his calories jumped way above his recommended intake. I know you can’t win every battle, but I feel like I am losing these two and maybe it is not my battle to fight. How would you handle these two situations?
Clients need to realize that the reason they are working with you is because YOU are the professional. The gym is your kingdom and they are using bits of your wisdom to better themselves.
Dont ever be afraid to flex your muscles or use negative reinforcement. If they think they know more, imply that their bodies would suggest otherwise.
Be assertive. Personal training is like a dance and you have to lead the person through their exercises and program because they dont know how to do it. If they do know how, prove that you can do it better.