Now that gyms have started to re-open their doors and sports teams have resumed training, it seems like life is on its way back to ‘normal’, whatever that means these days!
However, many of your clients will be hesitant about getting back into a fitness routine, and as a result, they may have reservations about exercise and may be lacking in motivation.
To help online coaches re-ignite the passion for exercise for their clients, My PT Hub has come up with five ways to get customers back at it again.
1. Slow and steady wins the race
Whether they’re enthusiastic about training or not, it’s important your clients don’t resume an intense fitness program immediately.
Develop a ‘gradual return’ program. Firstly, encourage them to visit the gym once or twice a week, then increase this over time. Secondly, ensure your programs have variety.
You don’t want to scare them off by throwing them back in the deep end too quickly. In all likelihood, many will have done little to no exercise, particularly not in gyms, over the recent months so will be, shall we say, ‘rusty’.
Have a look at My PT Hub’s Workout Features for a variety of different pre-made workout and exercise plans that you can assign to your clients.
2. Don’t miss a warmup or cool-down session
If they’ve not trained for quite some time, ensuring they warm-up and cool-down is vital. The benefits of a good warm-up and cool-down are tenfold, from dilating your blood vessels to ensuring the muscles are well supplied with oxygen, to decreasing pain and stiffness.
In all likelihood, their bodies are going to need this now more than ever and will help to prevent long-term injury. A 5-minute warm-up session makes all the difference. And don’t forget the cool-down at the end of their workout.
Don’t forget the cool-down – it’s just as important as warming up as it maintains blood flow throughout the body. Suddenly stopping can result in your blood pressure dropping rapidly and light-headedness.
3. Build it back up
Unfortunately, your clients might not be in the same shape as they were before lockdown. Make sure they don’t attempt to just pick up where they left off. Their fitness regime will need to be built back up again, slowly. Incorporating some small weights into their routine or an additional squat or two will help with this.
Easing them back in slowly is the way forward here and will decrease the likelihood of picking up an injury. If they get injured, they don’t train and you don’t get paid.
4. Commitment is key
Consistency is key; so if they’re committed to training again it’s important they keep up a regular fitness schedule. This will help get their bodies back into shape and kick start their fitness journeys again.
Set a reward and give your clients clear goals to aim for. That sense of success will stimulate motivation and the likelihood is that you’ll see better results across the board.
Charles Duhigg, a journalist and the author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business suggests these targets could be as simple as tangible treats like a smoothie or an episode of Game of Thrones afterward. Work with the client to help them set their goals and appropriate rewards – trying to avoid a Big Mac meal!
Use My PT Hub’s Habit Tracker feature to set small, daily habits. This will help to build your clients’ confidence back up post-covid.
5. Make time for rest and recovery
Regardless of their fitness level, everyone should ensure they’re giving their bodies plenty of opportunity for regular rest and recovery. It’s all about balance, and rest is just as important.
Make sure your clients are getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and spending time doing other stuff they enjoy in order to get the best results from their fitness regime.
Understand how their body is feeling after a workout – perhaps asking them to keep a log – so you understand what is working, what isn’t and their R&R requirements between sessions.
Just remember; “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”