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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What Do I Need to Improve to Help My Clients Succeed?

In answering this fundamental question, it is tempting to think about education and practical knowledge. A lot of trainers perhaps thought it would be the latest dietary craze or nutrition understanding. Another logical thought would be new exercise regimes and modalities of exercise and any of these may be useful in the long-term. The answer to this question is not...

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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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