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After a decade, how has my training methods changed?

This old cougar has been in the fitness industry since 2011.

A client made this joke and I still get a giggle out of it.

 

Working closely with people on their fitness I have done some reflection on how my ideas and methods have changed, and what wish I was more aware of on Day-1.

 

Do not push your own beliefs onto a client

 

I do regret the days I unintentionally placed my own biases onto clients. Yes, they hired me to coach, guide and support them towards their goals. (THEIR goals lol)

 

I also believe a client has the right to their own autonomy and what they feel is right for them.

You deserve the whole experience and to try new things that interest you.

 

So for example, if I am against Chiropractic work (I’m not), and you’re talking about booking with a Chiropractor, I am not going to shoot the idea down.

 

You enjoy going out for drinks (me too). Unprompted, I am not going to tell you to stop drinking if you want to reach your goals.


Do you even want to give that up?

Are there other areas you’re willing to change?

 

If I believe Gluten is bad (I don’t), I am not going to be stressing you to “get off gluten” when you don’t have an intolerance to it.

 

If you want to try Keto, paleo, etc., I will have a discussion with you about it, and I will ask if you want my opinion.

I won’t just interject and say, “Don’t waste your time, eat in moderation.”

 

Because honestly, What if you like it?

What if you get great results?

What if that is something you need to learn about for yourself?

Is it even in my scope of practice? LOL

If you want my opinion as your Trainer, I’ll give it.

 

You have the right to make choices for yourself and ask for my opinion, if and when you want it.

 

You should always be in control of your body autonomy.

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