Fit Pros: Are you staying motivated?
Guest post by Sgt Nick Rians
Have you noticed your workouts getting shorter? Or maybe you used to workout 6 days a week and now you’re down to 3. Is it getting harder for you to fit your own workouts in?
One of the worst things you can do is stop leading your clients by example. If your not motivated enough to get your workouts in, what do you think that’s showing your clients. You may be telling yourself, “They don’t notice,” but I’ll tell you right now, they notice. We as trainers can try to hide our emotions, but we all know it leaks out of our pores. That can be a good thing and it could be a bad thing.
Most of the time the motivation is just poring out of us. We just can’t hold it back, it’s just who we are. But when you fall in that rut, sometimes it’s hard to get out. I’ve been in plenty of ruts before. Some caused by too much stress, some caused by family issues, some caused by that client that sucks the energy out of you. I call them Energy Vampires. It’s that person that always focuses on the negative instead of the positive. I’ll tell you right now guys and gals, get rid of them! No matter how bad you’re hurting for money. Cut them loose. One Energy Vampire can bring down the morale of your entire session. That’s how strong their powers can be. If you’ve been in this industry awhile, you know what I’m talking about. Getting rid of that one client can be enough to get you out of that funk your in. And most likely your other clients will thank you for it. I know it may sound harsh, but there’s really no other way. I thought I could change these people and convert them back, but once you’ve become an Energy Vampire, there’s almost no going back. It takes a huge life change for them to come back from the dark side. And a lot of times, the act of cutting them out of your TEAM can help them make that change.
But that’s not the only thing that may get us in a rut. Sometimes you’re just tired of being in the gym. Your there at 5am and you don’t get off till 9pm. That’s a long ass day and you may just want to get home. I completely understand. I’ve been there. But I’ve figured out a good way around that one. When I see myself heading in that direction, I will sign up for a ½ marathon, mud run, or some other competition. Give yourself something to train for. We need that motivation too. It’s not just our clients that need to train for something. This gives us a goal to strive for. And while you’re at it, invite your client to do the same run or competition with you. This is a great way to build your gym community and unite everyone as a TEAM.
This same concept is one of the reasons I created the FitRanX system. I realized that myself and my trainers, needed goals to keep us motivated as well as our clients. And just like doing a run or other competition with your clients. The system allows you to advance in the system right along with your clients. Now I hope you are at a higher level then your clients. Again, it’s your job to lead them and set the example. I now have over 300 locations around the world using the FitRanX system and the feedback on how motivated the trainers and clients are is amazing. I received this message from Chad in Wisconsin: “I just wanted to let you know that I had one of my trainers test me for level 6. We had gym bosses set for all times (rest, and timed sets, conditioning, etc to make sure it was a perfect test) it was just me testing so it gave her a good feel of what a test is like without having to watch anyone else. I tell you what, I LOVED IT… I know I am going to have to work on pull-ups for level seven (I weigh 225 so 15 of those bad boys is going to be a challenge, and I am up for it!), and those resisted kettlebell swings were deceptively hard especially hitting that third set of them! I LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT! “
That message came from a trainer. Can you imagine what your clients are going to think about the system if it got Chad that pumped?
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Sgt Nick Rians