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Sustainability- Fitness for Life!

This is an article I recently wrote for Core Expectations:

It is my fundamental goal to set you up for success. An individualized fitness program is customized to your life’s busy schedule so you will succeed over the long term!

People think it’s crazy when I tell my clients that my goal is to set them up so they don’t need me. Am I on a mission to become unemployed? Hardly, but as a personal trainer I do have another mission in mind:

1. To inspire my clients to fall in love- not with working out necessarily, but with how it makes them feel! That is a significant motivator, especially as we age.
2. To incorporate fitness into the healthy picture of a balanced life; for both stress management and physical, mental, emotional and social health benefits. I sincerely believe that we will not reach our full potential without learning to incorporate exercise in to our lives.

The reality is that very few people can afford to hire a personal trainer for an indefinite amount of time. Paying someone to stand over you wagging their finger just for motivation is not a sustainable approach to exercise. In the beginning months the frequency is necessary to build form and strength through basic movements and positions in a functional way to support intensity. A trainer is essential during this time.

A good client practices what we leave them with so that we can steadily progress and refine form rather than constantly review. Ultimately a motivated client becomes a “Golden Client” who needs to see me every 2-4 weeks for a new refreshed workout. I love my beginners because inspiring clients is rewarding and the benefits are staggering. My ultimate goal is to transition everyone to become a “Golden Client” on my roster.

Am I trying to put myself out of work? There will always be more beginners to inspire and coach. As new clients come on board my vets graduate to “Golden Clients” and I can help more people! It’s a strategy for long term success for everyone involved.

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