Why Safety Is Your Number One Concern Even When Your Clients Don’t Like It
It should come as no
surprise when the word “safety” is mentioned in the same sentence as
personal training. Every personal trainer, and health professional,
takes an oath of sorts to ensure the safety of their clients. Sometimes,
that safety goes against what they want. Clients are well abreast with
all kinds of exercise programs and nutritional systems, but not all of
them are safe.
That’s why you’re there
The internet is an
open space for all things good and bad. It’s far too easy to find some
guru who has an opinion on a subject but isn’t well informed about their
audience. Everyone is different and their body reacts differently to
exercise and the kind of food they eat. Thankfully, there are general
rules that apply. A bicep curl will hit your biceps, even if you change
the weight or the modality, this we can still be certain. We can also be
certain about what looks and sounds dangerous.
How many times have
you heard gossip about a new program on the market? There are hundreds
of exercise programs, health boosting routines, and strange drinks that
are supposed to help bring you to your desired goal sooner. Many of
these products simply don’t work, or the client isn’t well informed on
how they’re supposed to work and may be taking or performing them
- It’s extremely
important that you address these conversations in your sessions or
wherever you can. You’ll most commonly see or hear one, or more, the
following: The extreme workout program that so-and-so bought
- The over the counter pill that’s supposed to slim you down
- The workout routine from the bodybuilder or the eating habits of a celebrity.
These are not for
everyone and could typically prove dangerous for the avid gym goer or
person just trying to shed a few pounds to see their next birthday.
There’s misinformation everywhere these days and if you don’t quell it,
it will continue and someone could get seriously hurt.
You, the qualified,
bonafide, diligent professional have a responsibility to protect your
clients. In this day and age full of random facts, and unqualified and
unscrupulous people out to make a buck off someone’s misfortune, you
have to be the guiding light that shines through for them. It’s up to
you to inform them about the bogus meal plans, challenge them about the
crazy workouts, or denounce the whacky drink or pill that’s supposed to
give you abs of steel in a matter of months.
Take no nonsense
Never be afraid to
step up and challenge what you know is wrong or just isn’t being applied
properly. Sometimes, your client’s will scowl at you for challenging
them. They might have grown accustomed to the product or workout and
don’t want to be told otherwise, but you’re the trainer. You’re the one
in charge of the session and you took the oath to ensure they’re safety.
If this means that you have to deny applying some crazy routine,
condemn the miracle pill, or desist from pushing them harder when you
know they aren’t ready, do it.
Your client’s health
and your reputation and are on the line if they get injured so don’t
compromise when it counts. You are in control whether they’ve hired you
or simply work with you. It may be difficult at first to convince
someone that your sound approach is better. Remember, you have facts and
research on your side while they have Youtube videos and some links
from a few opinionated sources.
Use your training. Explain what you’ve been taught
The fitness industry,
with its multitude of programs, provides opportunities for you to learn
and pass on to others. You don’t need to sit and have a long discussion
with your clients to set them straight. However, if you ever felt
yourself needing to go grand, know that it’s an opportunity for you to
market and position yourself as a professional in your community. People
want to know what you know and they’re open to paying for it if need
be, but you must be willing to share it even if it goes against the
If you’re unsure, do
your homework and get back to them, but be confident in addressing these
matters before they get out of hand. The nutrition aspect can be a
challenge for some, that’s why there are programs that help answer some
of the difficult questions and help prepare the professional for these
teachable moments. Our friends at the Educational Fitness Solutions have a few nutrition based programs, like the Functional Nutrition program. This online college certificate discusses contemporary
nutrition topics, with research on organic and genetically modified
foods to name a few.
Check out the program here >>