How can trainers and managers make exercising a habit and fun?
Trainers can give their clients many reasons to exercise; right from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. This acts like an add on to what clients are exposed to from childhood; advise from parents, teachers and messages drilled from text books extolling the value of exercising in our minds. But if knowing all this was enough; we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit needs the right mindset and a smart approach. Some would say that getting and staying in shape is 90% motivation. It’s your job as a personal trainer to keep your clients motivated and on a positive path toward betterment. Here are some steps; any personal trainer can take to make exercise less intimidating and more fun and instinctive.
Use a personal coaching app like Gymshim
Working with a personal coaching app allows personal trainers to build training and nutrition plans, and make them available to the client on his/her Smartphone. It also allows them to set goals and collect client feedback, and then react in a timely manner so that the program is always customized, optimal, and of course, motivating!
Set both Short and Long Term Goals
It’s crucial to set both short and long term goals for your clients. This way your clients will see that they are making progress and keep their head in the game. In the same respect, challenge your clients with mini-challenges.
Talk to Your Clients on a personal level
One thing that many personal trainers fail to do is to develop a personal bond with their clients. Remind them of the reason they started training in the first place as well as the progress they have made to date. Also remember to always provide feedback which is both positive and constructive.
It should go without saying that personal trainers should always be positive. Try to surround your clients with a positive environment which means making them feel comfortable while training.
Make Workouts Fun
Workouts are meant to be tough, but still good fun. In addition to remaining upbeat which is contagious in itself, try to design workout plans that are varied and interesting. Constantly find new ways to make working out a blast.
Build an Online Community
As a successful personal trainer, you should have an online presence – even if that just comes in the form of an Instagram account or a Facebook page. Encourage your clients to be social with you and make an effort to share motivational images, posts and quotes, as well as start discussions to keep people in the loop.