One thing that “concerns” (not necessarily “frustrates”) me is when my client cannot get out of their own way because they don’t see the potential and power that they hold within themselves to make positive changes. Negative self-talk and doubt seems to be rampant in our society, and so overcoming that very high hurdle can sometimes be difficult. That being said, it’s still very much worth the effort because it is so very satisfying to see a client finally “get it!”
All of the above along with:
Not being able to train because of a hair cut appointment
Not being able to train because her husband wants to meet for lunch
Not being able to train because “somethings come up”
Not being able to train because “it’s the only time my therapist could see me”
Not being able to train because they’re too sore from their hike
Not being able to train because they have a facial scheduled
Good thing I charge in advance and good thing these excuses don’t happen very often!!
Telling me “I can’t do that” seriously people, I wouldn’t try to have you do it if I thought you weren’t capable.
Probably the biggest one in the gym is when the client just won’t put in the effort no matter how you try to motivate them.
My biggest frustration outside of the gym is when someone tells me “I’m not fit enough to join a gym”
I don’t really find it annoying when the client tells me something hurts, that may be a sign or symptom of an injury and as a trainer I WANT to know about that before we start. Ad for them telling me about personal or non-exercise problems, hey, we all need to vent once in a while and I’ve used that a few times to motivate the client. If nothing else, it shows that we are compassionate and understanding.
One frustration I have is when clients tell me all about their personal (non-exercise) life problems. I am not a therapist or a counselor, and it’s not really my place to try to solve their (non-exercise) problems. I try my best to steer the conversation back to the exercise, how they feel, their exercise goals, etc.