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"Discipline and Dedication
for Desired Results"
Do not allow the title of this
article to give you the impression that you are to be a drill
instructor to your client. As a trainer, you are the instructor and
teacher to your client. One of your first steps is to get across to
your client the understanding of the self-discipline and dedication
that it will take to fully achieve the results that he/she desires.
Your client from the beginning
will be asking questions such as, "What kind of results can I expect
to get out of this program"? This is where you will explain about
setting goals and objectives. You must first work with your client
to understand what they desire to achieve. Without knowing your
client's short and long term goals, you cannot begin to answer the
question of expected results and benefits. When your client pops the
question asked above, there is one point that you must get across to
him--As with most things in life, you will only get back out what
you put in. Simply put, to receive 100% of the possible results that
you seek, you must put in 100% effort. A fitness program that is
completed with only 50% effort will only provide results of that.
The idea that it takes minimum
effort and dedication to transfigure or change the body and overall
health is a complete error. Even though many clients have tried
other programs in the past, they gave them only 50% effort and
never found the results they sought out. This one important point
of self-discipline and 100% dedication almost always slips as a
potential reason for failure or lack of success!
Before starting the fitness
program, your client should first decide what he/she seeks to get
from it. Next, by working together you will set high but realistic
goals and objectives to reach the client's desired results. The
final point is that you must have your clients to understand that to
achieve the results that they desire, the discipline and dedication
has to come from them, not you!
--- Author: Chad Barnhart, AFTA Fitness