Studies have shown that ‘only about 18 percent of people who buy gym memberships use them consistently’ (creditdonkey.com). As a personal trainer, it is your job to motivate your clients to exercise on a regular basis.
Everyone seems to forget how simple and easy it is to workout at home. Although this won’t suit every individual, it’s important to give your client exercises that they can participate in during their own time. This ensures that they become accountable for their results and take responsibility for hitting or falling short of their goals.
MotivatePT is the leading mobile personal training agency in London. Our trainers visit our clients in their homes, offices or local parks. As we are mobile personal trainers, we have to come up with different everyday objects which can enhance our clients’ workout programmes. This means being creative with the objects at hand, and making the most out of everyday settings.
Dining room chairs or comfy sofas usually encourage a sedentary lifestyle. Our bodies are designed to be moved! By encouraging your client to exercise at home you will not only boost their confidence to workout independently but you will also enhance the results that they will see. Show your client these 5 different exercises that can be performed anywhere using just a chair - in front of the TV, on a park bench or even in the kitchen! Complete 10-15 repetitions of each exercise and 3-5 sets with as little rest in between as possible.
• Tricep Dips (Palms flat on the front of the chair, legs bent at right angles in front of you)
• Incline/decline Push Ups (Feet on the chair, with toes pointing down and hands on the floor & vice versa)
• Scissor Kicks (Sitting on top of the chair)
• Elevated Plank (Toes on the chair, arms straight & hands on the floor)
• Squat Kickbacks (Holding the back of the chair)
Tables are being used less and less, with the never-ending busy schedules not many people are coming home and enjoying a sit-down meal. However, a table can be used to enhance any home workout. And chances are every client has a table in the living room! By simply adding a decline or incline to a regular exercise, your body will have to work harder and as a result, your client will see results quicker. For the following exercises, you will need a low table, either a coffee table, footstool or an ottoman. Follow the circuit below, completing 10-15 repetitions of each exercise and 3-5 sets with as little rest in between as possible.
• 1 Leg Bridge (1 foot on the table, one leg straight)
• Squat jumps (stand in front of the table, squat until your glutes gently touch and jump up)
• Step Ups (to add difficulty add a lunge and & knee up)
• Mountain Climbers (Place hands on the edge of the table)
• Crunches (Place your feet and calves on the table and then crunch)
If your client struggles to get out of bed early during these dark and cold mornings, then this circuit is the one for them! They can transform their bodies from the comfort of their own mattress. Each exercise can be completed in their pyjamas and they’ll be burning a lot more calories than they would normally by hitting the snooze button. Getting their blood pumping as soon as they wake up will allow oxygen to reach the brain and all of their muscles. This will help them to feel awake, alert and ready to start the day! Complete 10-15 reps of each exercise and 3-5 rounds with as little rest in between as possible.
• Leg Raises (Lying flat on their back)
• Shoulder Taps (High plank position)
• Donkey Kicks (Begin on all 4’s, 1 leg at a time)
• Feet to Hands Pillow Pass (Extend and crunch passing the pillow)
• Swimmers (Laying on their front, arms and legs stretched out)
Not many people will look at a wall and instantly think that it can aid their workout. However, there are many creative exercises which can be enhanced by any wall! Start to inform your clients that the possibilities of great workouts anywhere are endless. Open their minds to show them that an effective workout does not just have to take place inside a gym. Walls are a great tool to use as they can be found anywhere! If your client does not feel like travelling to a gym in the evenings, this simple but practical workout can work wonders. Complete 10-15 reps with 3-5 rounds with as little rest in between as possible.
• Push up (Hands or feet on wall, depending on ability)
• Bridge (Feet on wall whilst laying on the floor)
• Toe touches (Legs up the wall as straight as possible)
• Wall Sit (Knees to remain at right angles hold for 30 seconds +)
• Pike (Hands on floor, feet on wall bringing hips to the sky, or simply hold a plank)
We hope that this blog has helped you to think outside the box and inspire your clients to think beyond the gym.
If you are looking to enhance your personal training career and want to increase your clientele get in touch with MotivatePT as we are the leading Personal Trainer Agency in and around London. We’re always on the lookout for professional and ambitious personal trainers to join our team.