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Successful Personal Training Begins With Creative Thinking & Relationship Building

Updated on February 1, 2016
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If you want to be successful as a trainer, you must take a holistic approach. This means getting to know your clients, fully understanding their goals and working with them to help them achieve those goals. In this article, we will share some smart ideas for conducting a thorough intake interview and assessment and incorporating unconventional resources, such as the Muscular System Coloring Book to structure your sessions and help your clients focus on and attain their goals. Read on to learn more.

Getting Started

Your initial session with any client should include a complete intake interview. During this session, your client should fill out paperwork geared toward helping you understand the client’s health background, current physical condition, challenges and goals. Be sure to include questions about current dietary habits. Give your client ample time to fill out this paperwork and then take some time yourself to read through it carefully.

The Interview

Once you've familiarized yourself with your client’s perspective of his or her current health and goals, sit down with the client and talk about the information shared. Discuss the stated goals and review possible options for attaining those goals. Don't make any specific plans at this point. Simply give your client full information so that he or she can consider the possibilities and make wise decisions.

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The Physical Assessment

Once you have done a complete verbal intake interview, move on to a physical assessment of your client. Be sure your client is comfortably dressed in a way that allows you to see and accurately measure his or her physique. Take and note complete measurements and weight.

Demonstrate basic exercises to assess strength, flexibility and range of motion. Have your client perform 2 to 5 repetitions of these exercises to the best of his or her ability. It is at this point that you will be able to see whether or not your client has a realistic view of his or her own current capabilities. This knowledge, in turn will help you create a realistic program of exercise.

Create A Plan

At this point, you will want to take several minutes to construct a unique and tailored plan for this client. Using the information you have gathered, put together an information package that includes:

* Instruction sheets that illustrate each of the exercises you recommend for your client. Be sure to note reps and any modifications you recommend.


* Information sheets regarding nutrition and healthy diet. Be sure to highlight areas of concern that you have identified.


* A copy of the Muscular System Coloring Book with pertinent pages earmarked to draw your client’s attention to areas of specific concern.


* A box of fine-point markers to facilitate your client getting started with the coloring book right away.

It's a good idea to put all of these materials together in a loose-leaf notebook with some blank pages that your client can use as a diet and exercise journal. As you work with your client, you can add to and modify this information as needed.

Consult With Your Client

Review the information you have put together with your client. Be sure to demonstrate all exercises and modifications again and go through a complete workout routine. If you find that the number of repetitions you have identified is too much or too little for your client, this will be your chance to make adjustments.

Talk with your client about the importance and value of working with the Muscular System Coloring Book. Taking time to focus on muscles in need of extra care will help your client understand how these areas work and what it takes to improve strength and fitness.

It's a good idea to recommend that your client take 15 or 20 minutes a day to color the pages in the book that you have earmarked. Depending upon the client’s temperament and any emotional needs you may have identified, you might also want to recommend listening to esteem building, relaxation and/or stress reduction audio while coloring. The mental focus inherent in coloring will help your client internalize this valuable information.

Your client may wish to color through the entire book independently. Additionally, you can recommend specific pages to color to draw attention to areas of concern as your client improves in strength and fitness. This can also be an excellent way to facilitate awareness and healing in the unhappy event of muscle injury or strain.

Build a Solid Relationship

Your first appointment with your client should take an hour or more. By taking the time to show a multifaceted interest in your client, you are well on the way to building a solid and lasting relationship. Physical fitness is a lifelong pursuit, so when you get to know your clients and engage with them on a number of levels you are taking steps to ensure repeat business and great referrals. Additionally, this type of customer satisfaction based relationship building helps make your career more enjoyable and rewarding.

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