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How to Keep your Clients More Engaged in Total Gym or GRAVITY classes.
Hey Total Gym Trainers, it’s Master Trainer JayDee here, back with some more tips on how to and why (benefits) it’s good to train your clients with mindfulness. If you missed the first part of this blog you can catch up here:
So let’s start with those important benefits.
Benefits for Your Client
> Continually cuing your clients during their entire training session will keep them engaged, focused, and centered in the present moment. Training the body and working out is like anything else you do in life. The more you’re focused and concentrating on what you’re doing, the more successful the results. Thus, your clients will get better results, faster, and keep coming back for more. Cha-ching!
> Your clients will also realize the difference between working out smarter versus working out harder.
> One of the biggest benefits for your client is the fact that if they are fully engaged in the present moment and in what they are doing, then they are NOT thinking about what to do for dinner, To-Do lists, the meeting at work, their kids, or anything else in the past or future.
> One of my favorite things I often hear from clients is “Wow, that went by fast.” If you keep them totally present and engaged the time will seem to go by much quicker. Just like if you are fully engaged in your workout, a movie, a concert, or doing your favorite hobby, time seems to just fly by.
Benefits for You
> All these benefits aforementioned for your client will make them realize the unique value you create for them as a trainer. They will notice that you are also fully engaged and giving them 100% of your attention during their well paid-for session.
> The fact that you are super attentive and continually cuing them on neutral spine and posture, core engagement, proper breathing, perfect exercise execution, educational tips, etc. will also make the session go by quicker for you.
> Always search for new ways to cue your clients and constantly monitor them for ways they can improve. It will keep you mentally sharp and challenged AND praise them for what they’re doing right. It will help the both of you.
> Nothing upsets me more then seeing trainers who are checking out the hot girls or guys, watching TV, chatting with other members or trainers and not paying attention to their clients while they are performing an exercise. I can guarantee you these trainers will not be successful and will probably ” burn out” because they are not fully engaged and interested in the task at hand.
A Final Tip
One of the best things I ever did for my personal training was getting certified in Pilates. And since I turned 50 this year (oh my!) I decided to start taking a lot of yoga. In both of these “mind-body” disciplines, the instructors are constantly cuing the entire session. Now, if you’re not about to spend $3-$7K getting a credible certification in one of these disciplines, I simply recommend that you go take a couple of Pilates or yoga classes. Going in with open ears and really soak up the beautiful adverbs and colorful ways in which they verbally cue will be a great inspiration for you, your cuing and your mind.
As professionals, we can always improve our training skills and the experience we create for our clients. So add some mindfulness to your sessions and enjoy the powerful benefits for you and your clients!
JayDee Cutting III, MBA is an Educator for the American Council On Exercise and holds 12 fitness certifications including Pilates, yoga, personal training, lifestyle and weight management. JayDee is a Total Gym master trainer and spokesmodel since 2004. He lectures and teaches wellness at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa and is featured in over 10 fitness DVDs and over 40 fitness television programs. He developed his own Coregolf Fitness Program and founded the NiceDogYoga Company. His mission statement is: “My passion is inspiring people to enhance their lives through wellness, creating healthier, happier, higher qualities of life.”