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Creative Ways to Train Clients
Doing the same exercises time and again gets boring. As you train your clients over long periods of time, you may encounter this phenomenon in the form of no-shows or yawns. A good rule of thumb is: if you're bored, your client probably is too.
If your client is no longer committed to the program you have developed, the burden falls on you to find a program they can commit to.
For beginners, it's sometimes necessary to do the same workouts over and over until they build strength and endurance. But once they get strong and can do more, you can be creative and do fun things with your client.
Go for a walk or run with your client and make it interesting. Sprint to objects in the distance or race each other. Every five minutes stop and do pushups or jumping jacks. Go to the park and toss a football or volleyball. Make the workout a game.
JOIN A FITNESS CLUB
You and your client could join a fitness club such as a walking or running club that meets regularly.
Set up different stations where your client will go from exercise to exercise with no rest. Have them do a different exercise every two minutes without stopping (i.e., two minutes of push ups followed by two minutes of jump roping, etc.). Use your imagination and make it fun by turning on some music.
Set up obstacle courses in the back yard. Use anything you can find. . . playground equipment, old tires, ladders, etc.
PUT YOUR CLIENT IN CHARGE
Once a month, designate a day in which the client decides what kind of workout they'll do. Have them pick a specific muscle group to focus on, or an activity they've always wanted to try.
The point is to make your sessions interesting and try to associate exercise with fun. This will keep your clients coming back for more sessions while teaching them that exercise doesn't have to be boring.
by Paige Waehner
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