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I will, I won’t, I want – which is it?

When trying to achieve a lifestyle behaviour change every client will be faced with challenges. You will often here people say “I have tried this, but I lacked the willpower. A leading researcher in the field of willpower is Roy Baumeister. Baumeister and other experts liken willpower to a muscle that can get fatigued from overuse (2). If you are...

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The Importance of Self-efficacy

Self-efficacy considers an individual's belief in their capacity to follow through with behaviours that are required to produce specific performance achievements1. As FitPros we are generally trying to help clients achieve some measure of behaviour change. This may be a dietary change, an exercise/activity change or any combination of these two or others. Building a client’s level of self-efficacy is...

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Breaking a Habit

Habits are formed to save the brain having to process every action you take. If you think about making a cup of coffee at home a lot of this process is habitual. You know where you keep your coffee, you know how to put water in a kettle and boil it. You know where you keep the milk and how...

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Are You Coaching or Coercing

A few years ago, I did a presentation at a conference that posed the question “are you coaching or coercing”? I think this is a very relevant point as in my experience a lot of trainers (not all) believe they are coaching when in fact they are coercing. For a client to make a lifestyle change their level of self-efficacy...

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Failing to Assess is Asking to Fail

All personal trainers (PT’s) and coaches would do an initial assessment of a client (I hope). This would generally include a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire/Assessment (PARQ) to get some history and medical background. They then would possibly move on to fitness testing. If it was an elite athlete these may be very comprehensive and include things like blood screening, possibly...

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