Communication is a skill we should all master

This might seem obvious at first as surely everyone can communicate adequately? I think the important word here is ‘adequately’. By refining our communication skills and actually practicing something that we routinely take for granted we can become great communicators. The first thing to realise about communication is that you need to complete the communication feedback loop. This is something a...

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Where is my Client at?

behaviour change, decisional balance, stages of change

What I mean by this title is ‘what stage of the change process is your client sitting at’. When people make a behaviour change the stages of change model (Prochaska and DiClemente) suggests that they go through various stages before successfully achieving the desired behaviour change. My research has highlighted that clients will employ a personal trainer (PT) even if...

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Little Steps -> Big Results

Little steps can lead to big results One of the many reasons that a new fad diet of any type will generally fail is that there are far too many changes made in one go. It for just this reason that I will not write people diet plans. They will start out with good intentions and follow it rigidly for...

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Guess Who’s Talking

Guess who’s talking This may sound like an odd title or even an obscure question but what I am alluding to hear is that voice in your head that you listen to quite regularly. The person who is talking is your inner-voice. This voice plays a huge part in our lives and we tend to listen quite intently to what...

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Empowered Excuses

Written by Dr Mendoza What we focus on becomes bigger and it is important to understand this. Have you ever decided you are going to buy another car or perhaps a fashion item? You do all the research to find out the best place to buy the item. You decide on what colours you’re looking for and what price you...

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How to Motivate Your Client

 How do I motivate my client? I am sure the question of client motivation arises as a topic of conversation quite regularly amongst personal Trainers (PTs) and coaches. An experienced PT will respond with “it depends on the individual” after all what motivates one client will demotivate another. If we accept that this statement is fairly accurate then how...

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Should I take on this client?

Written by Dr Mendoza Is it ethically correct to work with a client who wants to lose weight but psychologically they are not ready? This raises several interesting points. First, how do you know if they are ready to lose weight? I mean surely if they have come to you as a trainer and are willing to pay you for...

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