What do I mean by ‘gym floor performance’? A no nonsense, throw your voice at the client and count reps? Most definitely not. The way you approach each session on the gym floor will almost always dictate the quality of your client results.
I see a lot of ‘personal trainers’ disguising themselves as cheerleaders on the gym floor. Relentlessly counting reps not paying attention to the client, or their exercise technique, waiting for the session to finish only to start the process all over again. These trainers are generally in the industry for the wrong reasons and take the ‘trade time for money’ approach to their ‘business’.
However, there are many trainers out there who are looking to refine and maximize their efforts. If this is you, then this article can be of benefit.
So, what do I think constitutes a great gym floor trainer?
Well, there are a few absolutes that I believe must be practiced consistently. How you execute each fundamental is individual to the trainer. Some of the best trainers that I have had the privilege of working with are more vocal in their manor while others take more of a back seat, quietly analysing the client’s performance and interjecting where necessary to provide some extra motivation towards the end of the set. Each style has its merits with no discernible difference in energy given and almost always have the same positive outcome for the client. The common trends between the two styles are clear and as you will see, being a top gym floor trainer is not just about thrashing your client.
They care deeply for the client and their outcome.
They adapt their manor to match the clients unique character.
They understand and acknowledge that a smartly planned, periodised and executed training program is the cornerstone of any successful client transformation.
They know that ‘winging it’ just won’t cut it.
They carefully analyze the clients’ exercise execution while they train to ensure maximal progress is made.
They use their extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology to observe the relationship between working muscles and the implements used for maximal benefit.
They extract the maximum amount of effort from every client through every session.
They give confidence to the client at the start AND end of each session through smart programming, often choosing exercises that clients can perform well.
They understand that session adaptations must be fluid depending on the clients’state (mental and physical) going into the session. They know that exercises and session composition may need to be changed based on many factors.
They have the balance right between teaching and training. This means they choose exercises, programs and periodization models that require minimal teaching and
maximal training on the gym floor. Any extra education required is done away from
11. They understand training variables and how they are used correctly for each client to
flourish and achieve the best possible results.
So, you see, there is a lot more to a personal training session than just turning up and watching your client move weight. If you truly care about your craft then you must care first and foremost. If you care, the tips above will add tremendous value to you, your clients, their results and ultimately, your business.