Personal trainers spend a lot of their time focusing on nutrition and training and rightly so. However, they sometimes miss the bigger picture and skip factors which effect and influence their client’s behaviour thus affecting their results. Acknowledging that everybody has their own mental obstacles to deal with is a must before you even consider a diet and workout plan. If you think about it intelligently, in order to devise a diet and training program you need to understand their mind-set otherwise you could very easily prescribe something which just isn’t relevant in any shape or form!
Trainers read on and learn how to address a client’s mind-set and make the right choices based on your assessment.
In an ideal world you could prescribe a plan which covered every base, it hit every nail on the head and dotted every i there was to dot. However, in reality this is often not a plausible approach with your everyday person. Their lifestyle might be so currently out of sorts that to make them follow your idea of ‘’perfect’’ would simply cause the pendulum to swing way too far the other way thus creating a negative mind-set.
Whilst you might well choose to live like an elite athlete accounting for all the food you ingest and training every day as if your life depends on it, don’t expect a middle aged person who is 6 stone over weight to want to do the same.
So what should you do in this situation? There are several right answers, here’s ours.
Look at areas you can improve with little to no effect on the client’s life. Things like getting them to walk more frequently, move certain food groups to specific times of the day (post workout carbohydrates mainly) and add in more nutrient dense food. After this then look to get more specific changes in place such as increasing protein and fat intake. However you don’t necessarily need to set them a plan where their life becomes ALL about food prep – in this instance a ‘’loose’’ plan to start with will make a massive different whilst avoiding the risky scenario where they jack it all in. After all, not everyone is as keen to get results as you are so remember that!
From the client’s perspective try to understand what it is that makes them tick and in contrast what it is that makes them crash. What stresses in their life cause them to make poor food choices? Why are they so emotionally geared towards certain foods? Dig deep to find your answers whenever you can.
The plan needs to be one which allows the client to make progress but more than that stick to the changes and as a result change their lifestyle. That is the true of art of helping a person achieve long term health and happiness!