As a trainer, my main objective is to find out what my clients’ goals are, then doing everything in my power to help them accomplish their respective goals.
Sometimes the goals are to get into a size 2 jeans. Sometimes the goals are to lose 100+ pounds. Sometimes the goals are just to be better conditioned. Sounds easy, right? IT IS!! Unless the client doesn’t want to put in work.
The brutal truth is that I don’t have time to care about people who don’t care about themselves. It may sound rude, but I’m not going to train people who aren’t going to get results. I can’t do the work for you. There are millions of folks out there who are putting in the time, the effort and genuinely need my coaching.
I’ve had to let a few clients go in my career. I want to share a little bit about my recent experience in why I’ve fired clients.
Clients who don’t want to put in work. You can’t expect to lose weight by sitting around or not doing some sort of activity. That does not mean you have to go throw barbells over your head like me, but you will have to get out of your comfort zone occasionally. You aren’t going to get the body you want without putting in effort. We all have the same 24 hours in our day. You HAVE more than 10 minutes in your day to go for a jog or make it to a spin class. You just have to rearrange some things. If you don’t make fitness a priority then you are telling me you don’t really care to make a change.
Clients who lie about what they eat. Lying to me and to yourself is not going to help you accomplish your goals. Just because you said you only had 1 tablespoon of peanut butter does not mean you only had 100 calories of peanut butter. Your body does not care what you say you are having. You may as well be honest about what you are eating so we can create a plan to help you eat better foods or to stop binging. I never tell clients to restrict their favorite foods but instead to have planned cheats! Lying doesn’t mean it never happened – you may as well confront the situation head on. If you aren’t willing to be honest with yourself and with me, clearly you don’t care to change.
Clients who avoid me, weekly emails, accountability groups, etc. When you avoid me I know why. I’ve seen it happen too many times. When you avoid me it means you have fallen off. I am your coach – I may not have gone through what you are going through, but I am sympathetic, empathetic and I will help you get through whatever the issue may be. But if you choose to avoid me you are not going to get results by giving up. If you just want to give up, you may as well admit to yourself you aren’t interested in a change.
Clients who assume things aren’t working when they haven’t lost 10 pounds in the first two weeks. Some clients feel different immediately. Some clients feel like they’re getting bigger after the first few workouts. Some clients feel absolutely no difference in a month of workouts. There are so many variables to explain what could be happening here. But the point is that.. well there’s two points. 1. Your body WILL change. When you begin a workout program, eat correctly and stick to OUR plan you will lose body fat. 2. I’m far more concerned with progress pics than your weight.
Clients who continuously jeopardize their results by consuming junk food. Just because you go run 5 miles does not give you the right to have a cheeseburger and fries. You truly are what you eat and what you eat is fuel. You need premium fuel to get you through grueling workouts. Besides, rewarding yourself with food is mentally unhealthy. If you want to eat cookies and cake or pizza and pasta daily – that’s fine! But decide if that’s more important than making a change.
Clients with constant excuses.
Excuse – “I just didn’t have time to run those 2 miles yesterday.”
Reality – You spent half an hour on Facebook, an hour cleaning out your closet, and 90 minutes watching TV.
What I Hear – I would rather spend my time screwing around and avoiding my real issue.
Excuse – “I didn’t have any food in the house so we had to go through the drive-thru.”
Reality – You don’t feel like making the extra effort or eating foods that are healthy.
What I Hear – I would rather take the easy way out, but never really accomplishing my goal and my priorities are not straight.
Excuse – “I’m doing everything right. I come to the gym all the time and I eat really clean.”
Reality – You go to the gym and use the elliptical for 20 minutes while you read magazines. You sit on the leg press machine and text your friends. You go home and eat 2 cups of whole wheat pasta and diet soda for dinner.
What I Hear – I don’t feel like making a real effort.
Are you one of these clients? Or do you have what it takes to work with me and actually get results?
It’s hard work. But if it was easy everyone would be fit.