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Recently, Lawrence Biscontini posted an open-call for group movement instructors, personal trainers and life coaches to share their questions on social media. Following are some of the posts and his replies along with expertise shared from others in the fitness industry. Surprisingly, the majority of questions from all three groups addressed similar topics regarding motivation and client adherence.

 

On Motivation

Lisa Gibson, owner and instructor of Poolates® based in Milwaukee, posts:

How do you reframe unrealistic expectations in a positive manner to ensure your clients’ success, such as when they say, “I want to lose 40 pounds of fat in a month?”

Assisting clients to set realistic expectations precedes helping them make a plan to achieve realistic goals. At the outset, be clear with clients about what you think they can achieve with fitness, and then give them options so they become more involved in the process. Most fitness certification organizations today agree that promising even very dedicated clients a fat loss program of more than two pounds per week probably proves both unsafe and short-lived.

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