Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Trainer Adaptability

Yesterday, I trained:
A 88 year old male with extreme scoliosis, bone marrow recipient 10 years earlier, and chronic shoulder and neck pain (due to his scoliosis)....

A 56 year old woman, 12 weeks after hip replacement and post re-hab; who is looking to resume golfing this season...

A 17 year old female squash player looking to qualify for national competition in the next 4 weeks...

A 52 year old woman who finished her third bout of chemotherapy and has never stopped training throughout this ordeal...

A 60 year old female with chronic low back pain and excessive anterior pelvic tilt. She sits on a golf committee and complains that she cannot play as well as she does because of the pain...

A 40 year old male golf professional coming off a meniscus surgery that is looking to strengthen his lower body to take on the rigors of his mighty golf swing...

What do all these clients have in common?

The answer: NOTHING.

What do all these clients have in common with me?

The answer: NOTHING

Trainer adaptability means training people from all walks of life, and consistently providing quality services that are conduit to the goal. I see many trainers that train ONE type of client. And that target client usually resembles...well...the trainer.

Most trainers train clients that are similar to them. Young, male, athletes that are full of testosterone...or middle aged, chubby, females that talk more than exercise during a session.

As I get older I begin to realize that empathy is a "gift" or "talent". Just as nurses or emergency room staff don't get to pick who they treat, they provide an "equal playing field" of service that is created from their experience, training, and common sense.

Again, it is WHY you have chosen to enter this field. Help everyone. Be adaptable.

1 comment:

  1. "Often he who does too much does too little."

    I don't think you can be everything to everybody. I know too many trainers that try to take on anyone that will buy sessions. They try to be a fat loss specialist, sports performance coach, rehab specialist, size and strength coach, youth & elderly fitness trainer etc. and end up being bad or at most average, at training anyone. How can you expect to have specialized knowledge for every type of person and condition out there? How do you answer someone who asks what you specialize in, if you have 10 different specializations. I agree in adapting to your clients personality, but to say "I TRAIN EVERYBODY" ,will get you no where fast.


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