Resolutions for Personal Trainers

Welcome to the end of January…the point at which a third of all resolutions are abandoned.

But why do we fail to reach the goals we set for ourselves? The reasons are varied, but typically involve setting too broad/many goals, setting unrealistic goals, no game plan, and lack of support…

When it comes to diet/fitness-related resolutions, these pitfalls are (hopefully) addressed for clients who utilize a "qualified and competent" personal trainer. Right?

Maybe. But even trainers who acknowledge the common issues should still work to improve and hone their skills of helping clients reach their goals.

Here are four ideas for personal trainers to practice while working with Resolutioners:

  1. Enforce the 80/20 Rule. It's okay to veer from your plan by indulging a craving or taking a day off. Stay on track 80% of the time, and you'll be successful.
  2. Identify the “Why?” As trainers we need to, “get to the bottom” of why an individual wants to have New Year’s Resolution. (e.g. weight loss – Is it to look fantastic for a special event or to keep up with kids/grandkids?) This answer becomes your client's base to success.
  3. Encourage clients to tell others of their goal. This creates psychological rewards and compliments as well as a sense of pressure to succeed.
  4. Remember to have fun. Create an environment individuals will want to return to.

So, what can you do to become a better trainer? It's easy to become complacent with ourselves in our training, yet we can all improve in every area of our lives.

Want to make a bigger impact on peoples' lives? Choose one idea above and implement it today!