What are the latest fitness trends? What should I be aware of that my clients may start talking to me about?

I believe that one of our roles as trainers is to stay current with all of the latest fitness research and trends.  However, it can be tough trying to choose which trends will have staying power.  New trends are constantly emerging, which is great because it gives trainers a chance to engage with our clients in a new way.  Through our expertise, we can determine the right trends to help our clients safely and successfully reach their goals.  Below are three fitness trends that I feel will be sticking around for a while… 

Wearable Fitness Trackers

In this day and age, technology is at the forefront of most industries and fitness is no exception.  In just a few short years, wearable fitness tracking devices (such as Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, etc.) have surged in popularity and for good reason.  They are accessible and fun to use, easy to wear (the most popular styles being wristbands, watches or clip-on), plus they give you give real-time statistics to help keep track of otherwise hard-to-measure health data on a daily basis such as heart rate, steps taken, flights of stairs climbed, total  distance covered, sleep, and more.  

What is the best music for all ages of clients?

I train a couple of older clients during the time my co-workers train a few groups of younger athletes. The groups love to listen to louder pop/rap music that can sometimes be inappropriate in the eyes of my older clients. Do you have any music suggestions that can please both parties? If not, what is the best way to go about this? 

Musical preference is so subjective.  Genres and songs that motivate one person to work out could very well sound like pure noise to another person.  Luckily there is enough musical variety to appeal to everyone’s taste but combining that under one fitness center roof (and one music system) takes a bit of creativity and compromise. 

If you were to give one tip for a client who is unmotivated what would it be?

Working out can be difficult. It can be challenging to find time because of work, kids, your spouse, and/or other commitments. When you seem to have time to exercise – you may be rushed and lack the energy to perform a workout to the best of your capability. Yes, working out has the potential to NOT be fun. I guess that’s why they call it “working out” and not “hanging out.” However, as they say in life, perspective is everything. We as human beings WILL make time to do what we want to do, although, how do we find the motivation to exercise especially when there can be a million reasons not to workout? What are the magic words I could give someone to reenergize their love for exercise? Additionally, what’s the one tip that I would give an unmotivated client to reach their fitness goal?

What tools do you think are the best right now in aiding your clients’ success outside of the gym?

Hi FitPro Family,

TrainerLisa here and I hope your business has been rockin’ so far! In this Q&A, I’d going to address some of the best things that YOU can do (as the Fitness Professional) to aid your client’s success outside the gym!

Although your client’s success is determined by their personal commitment to their workouts (with/without you), as well as their nutrition, it’s equally as important to give your clients some great tools to help them when they’re not with you, including when they’re on vacation, out of town, on a business trip or just can’t make it in to see you for whatever reason.

Coming from a holistic place believing that our emotional state has an impact on our physical state, what is the best way to approach a client who I know is letting their emotional/mental state block them physically?

These days, more and more people understand that there truly is a mind-body connection.  The power of positive thinking can really go a long way towards improving the physical state of our health.  Along the same line, negative thoughts can block any success or progress by distorting our views of ourselves, which brings about self-doubt, lack of confidence, inaction, etc.  Life is meant to be lived moving forward though, not backwards.  It’s easy to be happy when life is going great… but if your client is going through a tough time emotionally, it can be difficult to see past those mental blocks.  Here are some strategies they can utilize to push forward and get back on the path to physical success. 

What is the best cardio to get clients’ heart rate up during a session?

Ah, cardio. We all know it’s important to do. Some of your clients may even fear cardio just as much as you or any other trainer does. However, cardio doesn’t have to be unexciting, tedious, or even dreadful for your clients to reach their fitness goals. While there’s no “best” cardio exercise for your client to perform, the better choice would be choosing an exercise that your client can perform based upon their fitness levels with correct form. There are a multitude of creative cardio methods to create fun, challenging, and effective workouts for your clients during your sessions together.

Enclosed below are three different methods to get your client’s heart rates up while hopefully keeping a smile on their faces…

How can I advise clients to use a Fitbit or other fitness tracker to reach their weight goals?

Monitoring fitness goals have come a long way, thanks to technology, and wearable fitness trackers are one of the many new gadgets that have become super popular in the past few years.  They have taken the old school pedometer to a whole new level in terms of tracking goals and staying motivated outside of the gym.

Depending on which device your client is using, it can track stats such as number of steps taken and calories burned, to flights of stairs climbed, heart rate, and sleeping patterns. Some even have a built-in display screen, are waterproof, and have ‘smart’ sleep alarms.  The tracker can sync all of this data with various apps to further assist in keeping track of goals.  

What are the best ways to motivate my clients to focus on their health as a whole – physical and emotional – when they are not with me?

Although it’s true that some clients are able to motivate themselves to stay on track with their health and fitness even when they are not physically with you, there is another subset of clients on the opposite spectrum that may need a boost of inspiration to maintain their focus.

Of course, we want our clients to maintain their physical health, which they’ll do so through regular exercise, healthy nutrition, and sufficient sleep. However, emotional health is also an important factor in overall wellness. As the World Health Organization clarifies, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In other words, our clients’ health depends on more than just strong muscles and not getting sick.

How should your pricing differ, per person, for group sessions versus individual training?

Hi FitPro Family,

Trainer Lisa here, wishing you a happy and successful 2016 in both your life and business!

So! You have your marketing piece, you know who you’re targeting and have gotten in a ton of inquiries regarding your services, but know you’re wondering how you should price yourself for training both individuals and groups and how they differ! Here are a couple of scenarios:

What can I do if my clients keep self-sabotaging themselves?

Self-sabotage is a very common behavioral issue to address with clients, although it can manifest itself as different forms. First, let’s understand what we are talking about when we say “self-sabotaging behavior”.

According to Psychology Today, a behavior is said to be self-sabotaging when it creates problems and interferes with long-standing goals. This type of behavior results from a misguided attempt to ‘rescue’ ourselves from our own negative feelings. In other words, your client is “getting in their own way” from achieving their goals. If it sounds counter-intuitive, that’s because it is! No one thinks they would intentionally sabotage themselves but it happens quite often.

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