If you’ve never worked with a trainer before you probably have some questions about customized training plans.
Let me start by sharing my training philosophy with you…
I want to educate my clients on the components of a healthy lifestyle (nutritional, physical, and mental), provide coaching and encouragement to help them achieve their goals and ultimately to help them gain independence in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
One of my primary goals in working with any client is to educate them on healthy living so that in the many hours of the week they aren’t with me, they have the knowledge and tools to make good choices about diet and exercise. There’s a great quote by Maya Angelou that says, ‘I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.’
See the thing is we can’t change our ‘starting point.’ The choices we have made are what brought us to our current situation, however, through education on exercise and nutrition, every person has the ability to make better choices each day moving forward.
A person can only make better choices if they are seeing results from their decisions AND if they remain motivated to keep on, keepin’ on! This is why a customized plan is essential. No two people are alike so it can never be a one-size fits all solution. Goals and preferences vary and these need to be taken into consideration when creating a fitness plan. Things I consider with each client are:
- What activities do they enjoy
- What activities do they not enjoy
- How often are they going to exercise
- How long will they exercise during each session
- What are their physical limitations
- What equipment do they have available
- What is their ‘ideal’ picture of a healthy lifestyle
Once I have a better understanding of the client and their needs we begin working on developing goals. These goals will be the foundation for their customized plan and the basis for progress measurement.
I work with each client to consider their goals for the three essential components of a healthy lifestyle: nutritional, physical and mental.
There is a great connection between being nutritionally healthy, physically healthy and mentally healthy. It’s possible to have one or two without the third, however, true health involves a balance of all three. To achieve a healthy lifestyle all three areas need goals.
Check back tomorrow for more information on setting goals.