Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network
I tend to write a lot about a lot about paying attention to the little things and what we, as personal trainers, can do to create the best outcomes for our clients. The reasons for this are two-fold. First, my primary job is as a teacher to our current and future health and fitness professionals. In this capacity, I strive to make students aware of the importance of a strong foundation and to always honor any potential weak link that clients may exhibit. This sometimes means that in order to move forward, there may be a short pause in the current program in order to “shore up” these weak links. Inevitably, this often means spending a little time with some of the basics such as balance, stability, and core strength.
Secondly, as a practicing personal trainer, I often encounter clients (and other personal trainers) who get caught up in our “plan” or the current popular workout regime. It is here that I think we can do our best work. Paying attention to the client in front of us and adapting to how they present each day is going to be the key to continued success –not just forging ahead with the planned workout of the day. Taking time to focus on these more abstract points helps to keep your focus on your client and not the program.
Doing your best work leads to the best possible outcomes for your clients.