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Preventing Client Plateaus

preventing client plateaus

Nothing leads to plateaus faster than running through the same workout routine over and over again. A plateau occurs when your client stops seeing (and showing) any recognizable progress in their fitness journey.

You can avoid and work around plateaus with a change in your game plan. Here are a few ways to do that.

Throw in Some Different Training Moves

Experimenting with different exercise equipment has proven effective for many clients. This breaks the monotony of training day in and day out, which can stagnate clientele performance and optimism. Also, this gives professionals a chance to broaden our knowledge of different techniques and training methods.

Don’t Be Afraid to Vary Rep Ranges and Weight

Changing the weight and reps of your program can give you the opportunity to test a client’s grit and mental toughness. Remember, change is good, and with change comes transformation or growth in some way, shape or form.

When it comes to training, you must keep things ever-changing and exciting. There is no better way to derail a client’s fitness journey than by having them do the same moves, with the same weight, in the same rep ranges time and time again.

Workout in Groups or Alone

Most clients either love working out in groups or are completely opposed to the idea. You should respect whichever preference your client expresses but definitely find an opportunity to inform them of the advantages of trying something new.

For a client who prefers going it alone, you can explain that they may learn a new way or technique of doing a certain move that another client does or how they can benefit from the emotional boost in morale.

For your clients that prefer group workouts or classes, you can encourage them to work out on their own as a means of taking retrospect. Remind them that it is their journey, and no one else’s. So whether the effort is put in or not, they are held accountable.

Take a Look at Last Year’s Workouts and Progress

What changes took place for your client last year? It is a great habit to take stock of your client’s progress through different methods.

For example, Before-and-After pictures are great and can show both your client’s physical and even emotional changes.

You can track your clients’ progress with Body Fat assessments. These are just a starting point, but a great numerical way to record changes in your clients’ body composition.

What Now?

Keep your clients progressing and prevent fitness and weight loss plateaus by changing up the routine, varying who a person works out with and by tracking progress. Variety and accountability keep clients interested and engaged.

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