As a personal trainer, you’re usually going to experience the vast diversity of the general population walking through your door for a consult. Even if you work within a specific niche such as female only training, weight loss or sports performance, no two people are the same. In your first consultation you’ll be asking their “Why” to investigate the emotional and situational motivations behind their new push to step it up and reach out to a PT. Of course the common stories are wanting to lose or gain weight, become better at a sport they love, rehab an injury or just feel better in their own skin.
However, the truth with the grand majority is that in some way or form, they will likely have some negative thoughts, behaviours or patterns linked to their historical fitness and nutrition experience. Whether its low self-esteem, unhealthy eating binges or excessive exercise tendencies, there’s often a past or present “demon” to face somewhere. They can vary from very mild comments about their love handles, to completely heart-wrenching stories of bullying or eating disorders. The responsibility on a PT is immense to ensure this person is supported and encouraged in the most healthy positive way possible towards success. This is why it’s crucial as a coach to be aware of the healthiest goals to set with your clients to set them up for holistic wellness success. After all, how can they be an athlete in future, without the most core of fundamental health dialled in first. Here are our examples of health goals to use with your PT clients you can track that will nail those basics from the get go!
Traditional Examples of Health Goals (That are healthy)
Okay, so let’s presume we’ve done the initial chat with our new client and we’re now onto body testing. We’ll take body composition measurements with our chosen available kit (Bioelectrical Impedance machines, Callipers etc) so we can get a good all round impression of what our clients overall health is looking like. These are the healthiest goals to start focusing on to set holistic wellbeing markers for our clients.
Body Fat % to Muscle Mass Ratio
Whether a client is overweight, at maintenance or underweight, having a healthy body fat percentage to muscle mass ratio is always a good place to start. Set a realistic goal for each measurement to best place your client in their healthy ranges. Remember this will be uniquely matched to their individual daily needs and exercise demands.