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Monday, April 28, 2008

they love me....they love me not

When a client first comes into the studio they usually will ask if they should work with only one trainer or if they can go to several different trainers. I always let the client do what works best for them. Here are some of the pros and cons to this question.

1. The advantage to working with several different trainers is that you can always learn something new and exciting from various teaching styles.

2. Working with more trainers will allow more flexible in scheduling appointments.

3. Sometimes a specific trainer with a certain background can give you extra insight to achieve your goals. If you have certain physical limitations, a trainer with a physical therapy background can be helpful.

4. Some clients enjoy a specific type of workout and prefer to stay with one trainer. I know that my clients enjoy a challenging yet positive workout. Some clients enjoy a less aggressive approach.

5. If you are looking to switch to another trainer, it is best to continue working with your usual trainer and with the new one to make sure that you will be satisfied with your switch.

The bottom line is that you should always be happy with the progress you are making. I always make it a point to ask my clients once in awhile if they are satisfied with their workouts then I will know if my job as a trainer is being fulfilled. Again, honesty counts!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Work it all Out

When constructing a Pilates program remember it is important to make sure that your workouts are well rounded. The Pilates Method has over 500 exercise when you're using the system as a whole. Make sure to take matwork classes, equipment classes and private sessions in order to achieve the maximum results possible. Each piece of apparatus works the body in a different way so keeping things fresh is important in order to keep the muscles challenged.

Make sure you are not a client that gets stuck in a groove. Some clients only take equipment classes because it's fun to workout on the machines. Some won't take mat classes because they claim they are too challenging. The ideal client should be taking both (or privates) in order to keep obtaining their goals at least 2-3 times a week. Fortunately at the studio clients are able to work on all the apparatus' if they are taking group equipment classes. Certain studios sometimes only offer reformer classes which can limit and constrict your workouts.

Remember Pilates workouts should always be fresh and fun! Mix it up to keep seeing results.