Oct 02, 2022 News
By Davina Bagot
Kaieteur News – Very often fitness articles stress a lot on what the trainee should do or should avoid. But in addition to being our best selves, we also expect our trainers to meet a certain standard. Most often, a failed trainer will result in a failed client. What this means is that an overly or under aggressive coach can push a person away – but these aren’t the only factors that can drive a learner away.
It is critical for coaches to understand the needs of their clients and so this week I will help refresh your knowledge or for trainees, this article will help you set your standards and know what to look for in a good trainer.
A fitness instructor should be more than just a professional that guides their clients during their workout at the gym. And I’m not trying to imply that you take your clients to lunch! Rather, be more involved in their other activities- such as meal planning for example. Newcomers to the gym will not only need help in learning exercise techniques but a few tips on eating habits can make a person more enthusiastic about their specific goals.
Importantly, a trainer MUST understand that each individual is unique, hence a programme that works for Sam, will not work for Samantha! I’ve heard of coaches pushing their clients to an extremity that makes them uncomfortable. You must listen to the needs of your trainee and be vigilant of their abilities. Too many times persons looking to lose weight quit the gym because their coach is simply not considerate enough. Pushing your client too much can make them feel as though their goals are not achievable because they need to work too hard. At the same time, don’t be lazy or encourage laziness! Encourage your trainee to push hard without being demeaning. Help them understand what specific exercises will propel their objectives.
Trainees also expect their coaches to have a high moral character. This doesn’t mean your reputation must be perfect, what it means is that we expect a certain level of professionalism. But what does this mean? Don’t discuss your clients with others for example. Word gets around and even though you may have made reference to specific progress ‘Susan’ may have made, along with a specific flaw she may have, ‘Jenny’ may not relate that message correctly and if ‘Susan’ gets offended, she simply leaves the gym.
An instructor’s relationship with their trainee is very important, and as mentioned, each person is unique. I personally believe that in addition to being a teacher, you must also be open to being a learner. No coach should be a ‘know-it-all’ but should be open to the views of others. The bottom line is that exercise is not a ‘one size fits all’ and it would be immoral to attempt to squeeze a person into someone else’s mould.
If you want to be an excellent trainer, remember to be an exceptional listener and be adaptive. Great coaches should aim to be very analytical, empathetic and generally effective at communication.
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