I used to struggle with getting new clients to be totally honest and forthcoming in the first meeting. I came to realize that it can take many sessions to gather all the pertinent information. While there are some very important things to know about a client, only a few are really necessary to get started. And often clients won’t open up about things, things that they really want or think they want or need or even fear or even like and dislike, for a while. For many clients a big part of moving forward in their health and fitness is becoming comfortable accepting help and guidance. Many clients just need time to become ready to trust their fitness instructor. I still attempt to learn as much as I can in ever meeting and session, but I have learned to also be patient and let the client become ready to let me help them.