Approaching Prospective Clients

It is sometimes an issue for trainers when thinking about how they might approach gym members and then get talking to them. The aim being to perhaps encourage them to take up your PT services. The first thing to bear in mind is, just be thinking “engagement”. If they are exercising perhaps just compliment them on the way they were...

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The Obesity Crisis – A Huge Opportunity

                                With all the talk about the links between obesity and your risk factors if you contract covid-19, it appears the government are going to have to take action to address this issue in the UK. The irony is that all the government talk is...

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The COM-B System for Client Retention

          A Review of behaviour change strategies (1) found that there may be as many as 93 items that would allow for active ingredients of behaviour change interventions to be systematically described. It is certainly beyond the scope of this article to investigate all of those but there are some useful lessons to be learnt within...

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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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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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