Understanding Your Clients Limits
|Sometimes its hard for a personal trainer to put themselves
in the shoes of their clients. I am sure that there are many
trainers out there, like myself, who have basically exercised all of their
lives. While this is a very good thing, it at times causes us to
take our physical capabilities for granted.
Certain things that I thought were so basic and simple, really were not
for some people.
Here is a list of some of the things I had to learn along the
way. Maybe it will give some of you new trainers a head start.
|Do get experience working with
individuals of all fitness levels. The
clients will be the ones that don't have any fitness experience at all.
However, its THESE people who are MOST important. These individuals
really need your help. They need to feel motivated and they need
to learn. Teaching an athlete a few new tricks is easy. It
is much harder to take someone completely inactive and make them
|Do NOT use yourself as a measure stick for the AVERAGE person.
Don't make the big mistake of thinking
that since an exercise is very basic and easy for you... it will be
for everyone. |
|Do NOT take for granted things like coordination, flexibility or
stamina. Certain movements
that are very natural to you, such as doing crunches... are just
impossible, let's say for someone who is very overweight. Basic
movements like going from a standing position, and then onto the floor to do an
exercise... may be very strenuous for others. These are all things
you will learn along the way. It may all sound a bit unusual...
but trust me, you WILL encounter these situations.|
|DO start with a very easy program.
If your initial program is easy, you can always increase the level of
difficulty... and make your client feel like they have accomplished
something. However, if you start with a program that is too
hard, and tone it down a bit... the individual will feel like they
|DO realize that it is very hard to assess the fitness level of a
client just by looking at them. Unless you do a formal fitness
test, you will only know the capabilities of your client at the first
session. Again, keep the program simple in the beginning.|
I hope that you find the above points helpful. If you have
anything more to add, please email
I will add your points on to the article!
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