The Secret to Having success with your mums Programs
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You are not your client and it’s important to understand how they see their world if you are going to get results with their program. New mums are often overwhelmed with their new role, new set of responsibilities, new routine and if it’s their first child, they may also be dealing with a total shift in identity. There are several key questions that are important to ask, not only to build a strong relationship with your mum client, but also to enable you to identify any different approaches that may need to be taken to support them with adhering to your health and fitness program.
While you are being paid to be an expert in fitness and health knowledge, a personal trainer, client relationship is not a teacher student relationship, it is more like a partnership, which requires a foundation of trust. Building trust requires time for building the relationship, beyond the facts and figures of losing weight and getting fit.
Remember that human behaviour is driven by emotion therefore addressing your Fitmum client’s emotional state and key drivers is key to having a successful program with them. Remember to ask key questions and be aware that the answers may change over time so check in regularly.
How much sleep are they getting on average?
How much support are they getting with rearing their child?
How much time do they have in a day that is just for them?
Do they have any equipment at home, or a local park, or facilities to workout at?
How are they scheduling their time each week?
How are they feeling generally?
Do they have a friend who they can train with on the days they are not training with you or a friend who they can share babysitting so you can both exercise?
What motivates them the most?
You can write a perfect program, which gets results, but if you do not ask the right questions and identify triggers and drivers for behaviour change, then you may not get results and your clients are unlikely to stick with you in the long-term.
It takes 21 days to establish a new neural pathway and create a new behaviour and it takes 92 days to have the new neural pathway become the habitual autonomic response. Norman Doidge refers to “neurons that fire together wire together” so the more frequently an activity is done the more often those neural pathways switch on and develop a new neural pathway. Training the mind can be explained in the same way as training the body, repetitive movements will strengthen the muscles to do that action and then the body becomes more efficient at doing the more the more we practise it.
( Doidge, Norman, M.D. “The Brain that Changes Itself” Penguin Group, New York USA 2007)