The most exciting part about health and fitness journies is how uniquely personal they are. Every single person has a unique body that responds to stimulation, rest, recovery, stress, and even nutrition differently. No two people will ever have exactly the same response to a workout, or a dietary regime, and this is very important to remember.
When it comes to learning the necessary skill to becoming a strength and conditioning coach, these lessons are very important to remember. As a coach, the mark of success, whether you work with professional athletes, or you take on clients at a local gym, will be your client success. This alone is tricky because success can also look different from person to person.
To become an NSCA CSCS certified trainer, you have to go through a lot of important training education. Just like in your course work, there were certain tools that helped you understand how to study more efficiently so you could get the grade you wanted. One such tool that most successful students use, is the CSCS study guide. A study guide’s main purpose is to help you direct your attention to where it needs to be. It helps you leverage your time and energy to do something that only you can do – and that study well to pass an exam.
In a lot of ways, when you step into coaching a client you are becoming their study guide. One of the most popular reasons that people go to fitness coaches is because they feel lost. Learning how to work towards, and accomplish your physical goals can be intimidating. Planning the course of action is just as important as executing it. When people go to a coach, they want someone who can help them through this difficult part of the journey, and not only give them motivation but direction and instruction.
If you have been wondering how positivity can help impact your clients and improve your skill as a coach, here is everything that you need to know.
Positivity Helps to Frame the Problem
When it comes to helping a client understand a plan of action to reach a certain fitness level, or even just understand what kind of goals they should be shooting for, positivity plays a big role. The truth is, for many people the world of health and fitness can be a scary and intimidating place. One of the main reasons that people don’t take control of their health and get into the gym, or get a personal coach, is that they are afraid they don’t know enough.
As a coach, one of the most important things that you can do is work with your clients individually to get to know how they work, and what their goals are. Positivity can help frame some potentially sensitive areas. For example, when you have a client that wants to lose weight but hasn’t a clue about how to work out or eat properly, a positive framework can help you approach their problems. Rather than focusing on the fact that they are overweight, or unhealthy, you can instead focus on the positivity of them starting their journey. Finding ways to cheer on clients in even the smallest, positive aspects of their journey can be huge for someone who is just starting out. People have the ability to become healthy, but they often lack the motivation, knowledge, and confidence to do it. So using positivity to constantly highlight what they are doing right, and frame the problem areas can be a powerful tool.
Positivity Encourages Scalability
Another thing that focuses on a positive outlook on working out and fitness, is that it can help to create scalable goals. The truth is, when you are dealing with either yourself or a client, there is always a risk of biting off more than you can chew. New years resolutions are a great example of goals that are made emotionally that are just not sustainable.
Using a positive framework, you can celebrate small, sustainable action steps that are scalable to your growth. That means you don’t have to feel bad about low weight, or shorter workout sessions. Embracing the level of skill or strength that you or a client have is a great way to scale up to your goals.
In health and fitness, you want to always play the long game, and never the short game.
Lastly, being positive allows you greater freedom to practice patience and forgiveness. This goes for both you as a coach and for your clients. No one will ever pursue their health and fitness journey – mistake free! So focusing on a positive framework for how you deal with your mistakes will give you and your clients the motivation and encouragement to get back up and keep pressing on!