I think that as long as you understand the client’s goals and any limitations you will be fine! Chances are, you will train differently than the previous trainer and will have your own unique style. That alone may provide a challenge, or even progression, to your client’s current program (of course understanding the client’s limitations). Before I would worry about progressing the client, I would just take some time to make a connection and get to know their personality and movement pattern.
You may provide some new exercises and challenges that will help the client feel motivated and good about exercising. Keep setting those SMART goals and make the sessions fun–have the client try some new exercises they have not done before. As you work with the client you will become more comfortable in progressing him or her.
I think that’s the number one reason people hire trainers!
ALL of my clients have told me at one time or another that they would NEVER exercise on their own.
Make your sessions challenging and fun, keep communication open, the reasons for training are various, our job is to continue to provide the best workout possible in order to keep our clients wanting more.
Be yourself and bring your best qualities to the forefront.
You already have some good advise here. Since this client has been training with the previous trainer for a while, I’m sure he/she understands that you taking over her training was well thought by your predecessor. This makes it easier for you to establish a good relationship right from the beginning. You can build on the training and routines which the previous trainer had in place and then slowly start incorporating your own methods and style. One thing you could do with this client in order to build an even better and closer relationship is to find a race/event and sign-up for it along with your client. This will give both you and your client a new motivation to move forward and also help you define some new goals for her/him. Once this is over you can evaluate the whole process and then make some new plans/goals. I have approached this tactic with some clients I inherited from other trainers in the past and it created better relationships between me and them. I hope this helps.
Hello Eileen, What a great way to start you training career with a client that has a long term commitment to working with a trainer, plus getting one passed on to you. What all the other said are valid points. I just wanted to add that you can do some creative things with them, such as outdoor excursions (i.e.. kayaking, mountain biking, trail hiking) to keep the fun in it.
This is what I would do, here are a few recomendations
1- Understand your clients goals and needs.
2- Let your client know that you are with them and map out a plan with them, making sure you complete a comprehensive movement screening, and strength evaluations.
3- Create a calendar and hold them accountable
4- Continue to give them an amzing workout, and have fun with it.
lastly, if your client is working towards a goal ie. marathon, tough mudder…. have them sign up and commit.