Getting information from your client is an ongoing process. It is also one that is influenced by the type of coaching you are doing. For example, consider the type of interactions used in Lifestyle Fitness Coaching. This style of coaching is involved with learning important pieces of the client’s complete lifestyle and any past exercise habits that they have demonstrated over time. The theory behind this is the belief that programming physical activity routines can be much more effective once the trainer can better understand the client. This understanding also allows for the trainer to make better recommendations related to fitness activities and therefore have a greater probability of enjoyment for the client. If your client comes to actually enjoy an activity they are more likely to incorporate it as part of their lifestyle. [Read more…]
So many times a fitness trainer will work with a client for a couple of hours each week, without getting to the root of related lifestyle dimensions that may need to be addressed.
The role of a personal trainer can include a really broad agenda. Trainers tend to take certification courses with multiple subjects involved in order to stay current in their field. But coaches tend to create their coaching agendas more toward those issues that are more aligned within their field of expertise in sports or fitness disciplines.