Personal Fitness Professional - Spring 2017 - 9
Shannon Fable | www.shannonfable.com
The 3 Rs of new
Keeping workouts fresh is important for your
clients and for you! These days, programming
options are limitless. We are bombarded with
new research, updated approaches, unique
equipment, creative concepts and top-notch
tools. You may be tempted from time-to-time
to make changes to your programming
based on a client's request or for fear of
falling behind other fitness professionals. But,
it's important you follow the three tips below
before adding something new to your toolbox:
1. Research - Always begin by thoroughly researching new ideas. It's
important to use reputable fitness resources to vet the information
first. Consider using industry-specific websites, periodicals and blogs
(e.g. IDEA Fitness Journal, ACSM Journals, PFP, etc.). While considering consumer fitness outlets is helpful to understand what your clients
are seeing, be sure to validate the resources used and confirm all
information with trade publications that are up to date. Finally, while
we all follow our own 'gurus' and tend to trust what s/he says, it's
important to question the information shared. Bottom line, the more
resources you can use and the more thorough you cross-reference
and authenticate the information you find, the better.
2. Review - Now that you know the new idea is legitimate and worth
using, your next step is to review your clients' needs. Regardless how
well-researched a concept, updating your approach to programming
will only be worthwhile if your client will benefit from it. Benefits can
include accelerating results, increasing adherence, preventing injury,
and having fun! One mistake trainers make is resourcing the best
approach from a scientific perspective without considering the other
ways a new approach might enhance a client's experience.
3. Resolve - Finally, decide. Do you feel comfortable using this new
approach and, if so, with whom? Before springing it on your client Monday morning after a feverish weekend of researching and reviewing,
take time to practice and perfect the new approach using yourself or
friends and family members. Take a rolling approach to layering-in your
new idea. Perhaps start by adding to one client's workout this week.
Then, try with another two clients the following week, and so on. Ensure
the new programming will be as good as your tried-and-true workouts.
While new programming may be enticing and you may be tempted to explore every new idea you see, remember your clients crave
familiarity to some degree. Change is natural and necessary, but updating your programming should be done with careful consideration
for optimal impact.
Shannon Fable is a fitness business and programming consultant who
has helped impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn, Power
Systems, ACE and BOSU over the last 20 years. As an experienced educator and certified Book Yourself Solid business coach, she helps fitness
entrepreneurs navigate the industry and make more money.
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