Status:Closed Asked:Jul 16, 2014 - 11:05 AM
As a personal trainer, what workouts should I show a client for the first time?
I just started my new job as a personal trainer at a gym. The gym gives clients one free session with a personal trainer (me). I want to make sure that I make a good impression and show the client how I can help assist him/her with his/her fitness journey, but I am not sure what type of exercises I should show during the first session.
When clients are placed with you for their initial consultation or “free” training session, it is important to immediately begin developing rapport. Rapport is a relationship marked by mutual understanding and respect and is the foundation of the ACE IFT Model for developing appropriate training programs. Giving a first time client a high intensity workout that leaves them gasping for air and feeling too sore to sit down the next day, may not be the best way to develop this type positive relationship that will lead to them booking more sessions with you. It is important that you listen to them when they tell you about their exercise background, medical history, past injuries, and/or current medications so that they feel you are really there to help them, not just fill up your schedule. If they ask for something specific, such as “show me how to use the TRX”, or “I don’t know how to use this piece of cardio equipment”, be sure that you are able to safely satisfy their request and give them a small sample of what you have to offer as a trainer so that they are more likely to return. The actual exercises may not be as important as how they feel when the leave you. If they were made to feel listened too, respected, empathized with, and as if you are there to help them achieve their ultimate goals, you will have a return customer.
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