Tips Top Trainers Use to Keep Clients Motivated

Tips Top Trainers Use to Keep Clients Motivated


Tips Top Trainers Use to Keep Clients Motivated


Once you get to the gym, you’re ready to go. You get in your workout and you feel great when finished. The problem for many people is not actually working out but finding the motivation to get up and go.

If you want to meet your fitness goals – lose weight, build muscle or just sustain a healthy mind and body – you need to push yourself, get to the gym and walk in with a positive attitude.

*Related: 16 Ways to Burn Calories without Going to the Gym

From tracking your progress, to changing it up and joining a group training workout, some of the best top trainers are here to tell you the tips that they use to keep their clients motivated.

Tracking Progress


“Tracking progress is by far the most important part of reaching your fitness goals; it helps you know exactly where you are at and what things cause you to go off track as well as knowing what's working,” Seth Thurston, Personal Trainer at Thurston Personal Training says. “You can't achieve what you don't track.” Thurston explains that he uses Styku 3D Body Scanning to track clients’ measurements. 

Related: 10 Ways to Stick to Your Goals

Buddy Training or Group Training


One way Thurston keeps his clients motivated is by allowing them to work out with a partner or join group training workouts. You have your trainer keeping you accountable, as well as the group and your partner as well. “Right when you are about to give up, someone else goes through the exercise before you, and something about seeing them do it makes it more possible,” he adds.

Related: 6 Benefits of Working Out with Someone Else

Competitions and Games


“Some people are motivated by competitions and games,” says Steve Dempsey, Assistant Manager at Fitness Together. “We make sure we offer competitions that appeal to all clients but we also know that not all clients will participate in every game,” he says. “Dempsey believes that using competition and games provides people with motivation to compete, either against others or themselves.

Related: 6 Ways to Make Exercising More Fun

Change it Up


Thurston believes switching your workout styles can be really helpful. “At our studio we do mostly body sculpting focused workouts to build muscle and shape the body,” he says. “We also offer many high intensity workouts to help our clients get their cardio done in a fast, fun, and intense way.” They also like to switch it up every month and do outdoor activities, such as hiking and kickball tournaments.

Related: The Most Spectacular Hikes in Every State


Holding Client Accountable


Dempsey clarifies expectations at the beginning. “We have a 24-hour cancellation policy, and if a client misses a session, the trainer will contact that client,” says Dempsey. “We make sure the client knows that we are tracking their progress and holding them accountable for achieving their goals.”

Related: The Benefits of Having a Personal Trainer

Build an Effective Trainer and Client Relationship


It is important to have an effective relationship between trainer and client. “When a trainer respects and adapts to each client as an individual the client sees and feels that which in turn self-motivates the client to work harder,” said Rebecca Thompson, studio director at Fitness Together Kirkland. “They do not want to let their trainer down.”

Related: Trainers Share the Top Weight Loss Mistakes People Make at the Gym

Give Clients a Goal


Exercise Physiologist and St. Systems Applications Manager David Gil has a unique method for keeping his clients motivated. “I use a jump monitor called VERT when I’m training athletes," he says. “By giving athletes a goal, or target height window, you’re forcing them to focus on body control.”

 Related: 8 Ways to Exercise on a Busy Schedule


Use Wearable Technology


“When I’m training basketball players, I like to use this wearable technology called ShotTracker,” Collin Castellaw, President/Shooting & Skill Instructor of Shot Mechanics says. “It tracks their shot attempts, makes and misses, so I can show them where they’re strong and where they have opportunities to improve.”

Related: Fitness Accessories You need in Your Life Right Now

Pencil it in Your Calendar


Robbie Davis, certified athletic trainer and former strength and conditioning coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, believes you should schedule your workouts ahead of time and you will be much less likely to brush them off when you get a last minute text about plans. “Treat exercise like any other important appointment you can’t miss by writing it in pen on your calendar or scheduling it in your phone,” Davis says.

Related: 10 Stress-Busters for Busy People

Rise and Shine


“While it may be challenging at first, setting your alarm clock an hour ahead can help you cross your workout off your To-Do list before your day even starts,” says Davis. “If you’re having difficulty getting out of bed, try wearing your workout clothes to sleep so all you have to do is throw on your sneakers and go.”

Related: Get up and Get Fit: Tricks to get you motivated for your morning workout

Make it Social


Instead of spending time with your family and friends going out to eat or sitting in front of the television, Davis suggests, “make your social time more active by planning activities that get everybody moving.” “Throw a football around outside, head to the park for a fun afternoon picnic, or explore a local nature trail—exercise is always more fun as a group,” he adds.

Related: Tips to Trick Yourself into Working Out

Make it Count


“Whether you’re traveling or getting home late from the office, there are plenty of workout forms that accomplish significant physical gains in a short period of time like high-intensity interval training or Tabata training,” says Davis. He believes that you should dedicate the last few minutes to foam rolling, because it can “help your body stay loose, reduce muscle stiffness and soreness, and melt away stress.”

Related: 7 Best Personal Training Apps