Also, here is something that may help you with your clients and setting goals–especially in a case where a client has already achieved a level of fitness. I wrote a quick blog on SMART goals, and I find it helpful to refer to it sometimes…
Hope this helps you.
It may help to be a little more specific about your question, but I assume you have a client who is already in good physical condition. What are your client’s specific goals? It could be that your client wants to take his/her fitness to the next level–so I would find out in detail what those goals are (reduce body fat percentage, create more definition in certain areas, gain strength, etc…).
What I’ve found from training individuals over the years is that even though we see a fit individual, that client may want to take their fitness to the next level. Either we can accommodate that goal, or we may need to refer to another trainer who is more specialized. Either way, being fit means many things to different people, and everyone has different goals–it’s very personal and relative to each individual and their body type.
The more specific his/her goals are, the better off you will be to help that client achieve them.
Not sure what is being asked, but I will take the statement literally and proceed. If we are all off the mark, maybe you could restate the question more specifically.
I train some of the fittest people in the world. They are trying to acheive competitive goals. I train very fit people that enjoy challenging workouts, but don’t have the knowledge to safely design these types of workouts themselves. I teach fitness professionals to broaden their skills, knowledge and abilities even when they already have advanced degrees in exercise science.
When anyone comes to me for fitness and/or education, I ask a similar question to all. “What do hope to accomplish in working with me?” If I am not the professional for the goal, I refer them to someone that could be.