What Type are You?

3 09 2015

Often times trainers come across three types of clients when they are working. Some of you may fall in-between these categories but for the most part a typical client will be one of the following: 1. Low compliance (struggles to follow program), 2. High compliance, low results (follows program, gets below-expected results), and 3. High compliance, high results (follows program, gets expected or above results). Before we go any further, take a moment to think about what category you may be under.Do any of these sound like you?

If this first category sounds like where you are with your progress, there are some ways you can make things easier. Make the change “too easy” by being a co-creator of your new behaviors. In order to do this you must first ask yourself why your health is important to you; use a scale of 1-10, how important is it? Next, ask yourself how confident are you to do the things your Personal Trainer, Dietitian, and/or Health behavior coaches are suggesting. It is our job as health professionals to avoid ambiguity in order for you to be successful and feel confident with instructions. Do not be afraid to ASK if you do not fully understand what your health professional is saying. Then you and your trainer will want to discuss habits or new behaviors that are realistic and attainable to you and your lifestyle. The habits chosen should be easy-to-follow, and suited for your life and abilities (which will improve your compliance).

For those who feel they are in the second category high compliance low results, it may be a good idea to experiment with new or more challenging habits and behaviors in order to see the results you want. Ask yourself in which areas you plan to challenge yourself and on a scale of 1-10 how confident do you feel in completing the challenge. Make sure you are recording what you are currently doing with your physical activity and nutrition so you can build on those behaviors realistically. For example, if you are going to the gym 2 days per week, challenging yourself to go 3 or 4 days per week may be realistic but 6 or 7 may not be. Nutritionally, if you are eating out 4 meals per week, challenge yourself to cut back to 2 days per week may be realistic but still a challenge. Challenging yourself is key when you are compliant with the program but still are not seeing results. Asking your Dietitian for more advanced nutrition tips and your trainer to tweak your training program can help uncover hidden potential and possible boosted results.

Lastly, for those who believe they belong to the coveted third category high compliance high results, this group is not without challenges. In this category it is important to focus on preventing burnout and building sustainable habits. It is great you have thrown yourself at your goal and devoted much time to reaching it, but you must remember to develop strategies along the way that you can follow when you are unable to devote 100% of your life to fitness and nutrition. No one can do ‘all fitness, all the time’. Keep in close contact with your trainer in the case you feel you are starting to burn out.

Each category has its own challenges and rewards. It is important to work with your health professionals to figure out which one you may belong to, and how you can deal with where you are, on the way to where you are going. Staying mindful of your progress while preparing for future challenges is key in maintaining your momentum, keep going!

meKelly Stubna, MPH

Health Behavior Coach




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