I had a client just recently who came in feeling down in the dumps because of her job. Work had stressed her out that day and she found out that she didn’t get the new job that she had applied for, so it turned out that she was going to be stuck at the current job. Knowing my client, I knew that she was more angry, or mad and upset, than she was hurt or sad.
I took a hard and fast approach with her, and I motivated her through a session where she proceeded to completely humiliate every piece of equipment that she put on and every exercise that she performed. I had to wash the gym windows just to give the gym back its sense of dignity once she was done with it!
Needless to say, exercise was the outlet for anger and frustration for my client on this day. She left the gym completely different than she came in. She was ready to take on the world again. It was an awesome feeling to have been able to be there to witness and be a part of that!
Almost everyday. Some clients just don’t feel it, but they show up. It is countless how many times a client has said to me I feel better leaving then when I came in. On the same note, there are times I am working to get through the day and a client, without knowing has me turn a 180 as well, it is reciprocal 😉
Sometimes clients just want to vent or have a trusted person listen to them. I don’t find this offensive…actually, I take it as a compliment that they trust me enough to tell me what has them upset.
I listen to them and tell them: “lets take out some of those frustrations on the weights”.
I push them a little harder than normal in their routine..wear them out…keep them moving with extra reps. I tell them: “one more”, “you got another one in there”, “come on…get pissed at it…move it”.
I keep their heart rate up with super sets or giant sets and cross training…it gives them less of an opportunity to actually hold a conversation.
I follow up with them post workout to give me feedback how their session went.
9 times out of 10 the response I get is: “that was a great workout”, “you really kicked my butt!”, and “I feel great!”.
I had a client who broke down because she was overwhelmed due to her husband being deplyed for the last 8 months and still had 4 to go. I adjusted the workout to allow her to make successfull lifts and increases her sense of well being and self efficacy. At the end of the session she thanked me and said that she felt completely recharged.