Monty is back with another great video for PG-NASM.
Within, he talks about the importance of setting examples for your clients, why, as a personal trainer, you need to walk the walk and not just talk the talk, why you need to stick to your training routine and never waver from it, why it's essential to show up to your personal training sessions early, and much more. If you just graduated and got your Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification, this content is important to keep in mind as you pick up more and more clients!
Check out the video below. And follow along with the transcript, if you desire!
Speaker 1 (00:00):
Hi, guys. My name is Monty. My Instagram handle is movewithmonty, and today I'm going to be talking about how you can be a role model to your clients. Now, before I start talking about what a role model is and how we can be role models to our clients and to our family members or to anybody that is within our sphere of influence,
I want to start off by defining what a role model is. So, a role model is a person that is looked to by others as an example to be imitated. Notice how I didn't say good or bad example to imitate. Our clients are going to pick up on our behavior, regardless of whether we think that we're setting a good or bad example.
Now, this is really important because if we think that we're setting a good example, if we're not even aware of the example that we're setting, our clients are going to pick up on our behavior regardless.
Speaker 1 (00:47):
They're going to pick up on the inconsistencies between what we say and what we actually do. So we've got to make sure that we maintain our integrity as fitness professionals, and we really walk the talk.
It's not good enough to just talk the talk, we've actually got to do what we say, and I think that's really, really important. And I'm going to be explaining how we can do that even more in the next few stories.
Speaker 1 (01:12):
So, the first theory that I want to talk about is training. As you can see, my hair is all over the place, at least more than before, and it's a little bit wet with sweat. That's because I haven't showered yet, and I've just come back indoors from doing some sprints and drills followed by some banded resistance work.
So, I've done my homework. I now feel good for it. I feel mentally sharp. I feel physically ready, ready to carry on with the rest of my day. So I want my clients to experience the same. I want them to be working out at a time that they designate, and I want them to be following through with that and completing their workouts routinely, regularly, every week in and out.
Now, in order for them to feel like they want to do that or feel motivated to do that, they need to believe in the benefits of it, and they need to want to have those benefits for themselves.
Speaker 1 (02:02):
Now, in order for me to convey those benefits in a positive, in a confident, and exciting way, I need to believe in them. So I need to be doing my workouts so that I feel the benefits so that when I talk about them, my energy and enthusiasm comes across to my clients.
So if I want my clients to be working out routinely, regularly, completing their training routines, I need to convey the benefits of it and how good it feels to do that from a place of truth, and from a place of integrity.
So number one, stick to your training routine so that when you get your clients to do the same, they feel motivated and they believe in you, and then eventually they'll believe in themselves too.
Speaker 1 (02:42):
Now, because we are trainers and we love training, that first one shouldn't be too difficult for us. But I think somewhere that I do see a lot of trainers fall short on is their own rest of recovery. So I always talk to my clients about getting a good night's sleep, making sure they've got a good bedtime routine, making sure that they're not defeated and themselves up day after day with their workouts, making sure that they do take the time to R&R to get that rest and recovery in there.
Not only for their workout performance, but for their career performance, for their family performance. All of these different areas of their life really hang on the back of their ability to rest and recover. So in order for me to talk about that with some sort of integrity, I also need to be doing the same.
Speaker 1 (03:27):
So when I'm turning up to my client sessions, I'm not turning up to them, absolutely beat up absolutely exhausted from a week of very intense training. And don't get me wrong, if I'm training for an event or if I'm training for some sort of sporting event, then that's understandable.
But if I'm turning up to every session with my clients, absolutely beat up and not able to focus, not able to stay engaged with them because I'm so exhausted from my training sessions, then I'm not setting a good example. So when I'm turning up to my clients sessions, I'm always fresh. I'm always bringing my a game. I'm always mentally clear and I'm not overly exhausted.
So that when I talk to them about doing the same, they get that, they get that message of integrity. They get that message of consistency because they can see that I am doing the same. So number two, make sure that you guys are getting your rest and recovery in. Make sure that you're not turning up to your client sessions beat up from a week of not resting.
Speaker 1 (04:26):
So I actually have showered now, as you can see. So tip three is shower. No, it's not. I'll get onto tip three in a second. The actual tip three is make sure that you're managing your time effectively.
Don't be the trainer that's turning up to your sessions late. Don't be the trainer that's canceling your sessions left, right, and center. Don't be the trainer that is coming to the sessions or hot and flustered because they've had to rush to get there. Be on time to your training sessions.
Be in fact early to your training sessions. Make sure that you're respecting your clients' time, because if we want our clients to respect our time and to not mess us around them, we need to be setting that example first. So number three is time management. Make sure that it's absolutely on point. Respect your client's time. Respects your client's money as well.
Speaker 1 (05:14):
So just to recap, we had the first tip, which was make sure that you guys are getting in your training sessions. Make sure that you're sticking to your training routine so that when you talk to your clients about it, they can feel your enthusiasm. They can feel the truth in your words. Number two is make sure that you are resting and recovering appropriately.
Don't be turning up to your training sessions exhausted and absolutely knocked out because you haven't taken your own advice and taken appropriate measures to rest and recover. Make sure that you guys are being consistent with that as well. Number three is make sure that you are managing your time effectively.
Don't be late to your training sessions, make sure that you're early, don't be canceling them left, right, and center, set a good example, your clients to follow, and you both have a very smooth training session, and you'll have a good training experience.
Speaker 1 (06:03):
Part of being a role model as a trainer is also letting our clients know that we're not robots, that we are human, and that we don't just sit around lifting weights all day, talking about how we can get more protein in our diet, and eating salads. I've talked a lot about what I think a role model is, but I also want to talk about what I think a role model is absolutely not.
A role model to me is not somebody who is boasting, and is not somebody who is showing off trying to one up their clients. Our clients already know that we've fitter than them, that we maintain a balanced diet more consistently than they do, that we are in tune with our body more than they are, that we find it easier to rest and recover, that we have a stricter routine, we have more discipline than them.
They already know this. That's why they've come to us, because we're an expert in our fields.
Speaker 1 (06:56):
It's not our job to then rub that in their face. We are an expert in our fields, and we support our clients by helping them do the same, not by telling them how fantastic we are.
So don't be the trainer that's always one upping their client, trying to tell their client how much more they've lifted than they have, how much more exercise they've done, how much more they've lost in terms of body fat or whatever the goal is or whatever the measurable is.
Don't be the trainer that's one upping their clients and squashing them back down. Don't do that. It's not good training. Make sure that you're supporting your clients from the bottom up. Help them up and help them achieve what they set out to by supporting them, giving them the motivation, the confidence, to do that for themselves.
Speaker 1 (07:45):
So guys, that is why I think a role model is, it's what I think a role model isn't. I hope that' we're in agreeance on some of those points, and there's just a few hints and tips as to how we can be better role models to our clients. Guys, inspire your clients. Help them, support them, be excellent trainers. Hold yourself to a higher standard, and they will also do the same. Til next time!