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Taking your client to the next level

Taking_client_next_levelThere will come a point in your personal training with a client where you will both begin to realize that the exercises are becoming easier. Maybe the weight is becoming too easy to lift or the aerobic exercises just aren't causing as much of a struggle as they used to in the beginning; this is the sign that the client has worked hard and improved their fitness level. But that doesn't mean that you're done working out together; it just means that you need to take your workouts to the next level in order to continue to help the client improve.

You will want to be on the lookout for a number of signals that will indicate that your client is ready to try something harder; even if they don't tell you that they are.

  • They aren't as tired when they are completing their routines.
  • They can do more repetitions than are planned.
  • They can lift more weight than was planned.
  • They aren't sweating as much as they used to.
  • They can carry on a whole conversation without any troubles.
  • They seem bored.

You need to be proactive when you start to see these signs. Ask your client if they feel like they might want to try something a little harder, or you can just increase the weights or change up the routine without any discussion. You will want to let them know that you are trying something new because you feel that they are progressing at a faster rate than expected. This is good, but that means that the client will want to workout harder in order to continue to improve as they have been.

The next level in personal training can be attacked in a number of ways and methods. Some of the more popular ways of changing the intensity are to increase the weight that is being used or increase the time that the client is spending on an aerobic activity. These levels can be easily changed within a routine that the client already knows which can make the change less traumatic in clients that are nervous to try something new. Try increasing the weight or the time by small increments. These new levels should feel a little more difficult for the client – and that's a good thing. Their muscles need to be constantly tested in order to be strengthened.

Another way to bring your client to the next level is to change up the routine that they are used to doing. This might mean that you change the exercises that they are doing, or just the order. The truth is that muscles can become "used" to doing certain routines, and they need to be surprised by new ways of doing things. Maybe you can switch up days that you would workout the upper or the lower body, or just shuffle the order of the exercises each time you meet, as well as increase the weight and the intensity.

You can also intensify a workout by reducing the amount of rest time during the workout session. In the case of strength training, you can accomplish this by using down times to work on other muscle groups. For example, after lifting for the upper body, you can "rest" by having the client workout their legs. This will also reduce the overall time that you are working out, or leave more time for more exercises. Even cutting down the rest time by a few seconds will help the client to challenge their muscles all the harder and get more impressive results.

A recent trend for taking clients to the next level includes interval training. This can be done in a number of ways. For strength training, you might have your client use different weights for each set of exercises in order to constantly challenge the muscles. Or they might use one set of weights for the first set, then a heavier set of weights for each following set. For aerobic conditioning, you can have your client workout at a faster pace for a few minutes, then slow down, then speed up again, before slowing down again. This helps the lungs strengthen more quickly too.

If your client isn't interested in moving to the next level, you might want to talk to them about the reasons. When they don't continuously want to improve, that actually might limit their fitness goals or cause their muscles to begin to weaken. Try to talk to your client to see if there are smaller changes that you make that you both can live with.

It's up to you as the personal trainer to make sure that you are constantly challenging your client to be better than they thought they could;  and you do this by taking them to the next level.-----------------------------------------------If you are a business owner get listed at Best Personal Care Site, part of Localwin Network.
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