When it comes to providing the best possible service to my clients, I need to know as much as I can about them as a whole. The first time we meet, I ask a lot of questions. This means health history (both their own and possible family), medications, current/past injuries, nutritional habits, goals, aspirations, experience with previous trainers, their likes/dislikes for certain exercises. The more I know, the more individualized a program I can create.
Often times clients will leave out information, thinking that it is irrelevant, maybe a little embarrassing or they just forget. Below are a few key things to share with your trainer/wellness provider so they can best serve you.
- Any chronic or acute discomfort, injuries, physical limitations, medical conditions or procedures.
- Changes in nutritional programs such as cleansing, supplement use, testing out a new format such as vegan, Paleo, etc.
- Modifications to time committment, daily responsibilities, or additional stress.
- If you are unhappy with the results you are getting, have the conversation about what changes can be made to make sure you are moving in the right direction.
The reason it is called personal training is because it is specific for you. Help to create an open dialogue and share what you can. You will see results that much faster.