Do you have clients who work hard during training sessions but do not seem to be making the progress? Do you understand the daily challenges your clients may experience staying healthy? Are your personal training clients “sedentary” athletes? Meaning once out of the gym they spent most of their time inactive. The average American worker sits 9.3 hours daily!
Physical fitness, what does it mean to you?
The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines Physical Fitness: “The ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and respond to emergencies. Physical fitness includes a number of components consisting of cardiorespiratory endurance (aerobic power), skeletal muscle endurance, skeletal muscle strength, skeletal muscle power, flexibility, balance, speed of movement, reaction time, and body composition”.
This is a powerful definition. The second part of the definition is what we do within our training sessions. Ultimately the reason why is so our clients are able to “carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness”. Deep down we all want to feel energized, and alert throughout the day…feeling like a Rock Star.
As a corporate fitness specialist I am in the unique position of developing and implementing workplace fitness/wellness programs that focus on “energizing” the employees. For the business owner, this generally translates into increased productivity due to decrease in presenteeism (sub par performance) increase alertness, focus, endorphins and serotonin (our happy hormones). My ultimate goal, within the workplace, is to help employees feel “energized at the end of the day” so they can enjoy life outside of work. Yes, I believe it is possible.
While 70% of companies with 50 plus employees offer some type of wellness program most do not offer regular fitness and nutrition classes.
As personal trainers, we owe it to our clients to support them in their health mission to feel energized and alert throughout the day.
4 simple strategies to help your clients feel energized, both during and after work, even when they aren’t with you
Create a short term goal (1 to 3 months) related to transferring the skill(s) learned within the training session into a “lifestyle” goal. This could include identifying ways to move more frequently throughout the or integrating mini workouts or movements throughout the workday.
The average American sits anywhere from 8-12 hours! This almost reverses some of the great work done with us. For example, set up a goal to stand and move every 30 minutes, just for a few minutes. Research has shown this will have a very positive impact on a persons overall health.
Mid week check-in text/message. Fitness is no limited to the gym. Those clients who have excuses as to why they are not able to work on their fitness goals outside of the gym, sometimes with encouragement and simple suggestions they embrace the “gentle reminder” to stay healthy and focused on their goal.
Ask specific questions. By asking concrete, yet open ended questions, such as “do you sit for extended periods of time, and if so what do you do to get re-energize. When we understand specific lifestyle challenges your client experiences you are better able to problem solve with your client. .
Encourage a healthy wholefoods lifestyle. While most of us are not nutritionist or dietitians, there is a wealth of information available that we can share with our clients. Sharing recipes and articles can be beneficial when related to both our client’s interests and pain points, such as easy, healthy breakfast ideas or exercising on the road. When our clients have a real “aha” moment and begin to believe “I can do that” change happens. As we know, you cannot exercise your way out of an unhealthy diet.
True health and wellness happens during the 166 hours our clients are not with us in the week. Within our sessions we have an opportunity to empower our clients to optimize their health and fitness level throughout the week. As personal trainers, improving the lives of others through health and fitness is our driving passion and purpose. Here is to empowering our clients so they can live their lives alert and energized while feeling strong and confident!