Are You Frustrated With Clients Who Don’t Get Results?

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The Boomer Woman Isn’t Going To Get Results From The Same Coaching You’d Give Anyone Else

There’s a chance that’s true of younger women too if they’re in early stages of hormone change. But honestly, at the risk of hurting my own business…because what I hear from women is this:

“You’re the first person who really gets it and explains it. It makes sense.”

“My trainer told me after I gained over 20# working with him that I was getting old.”

“My doctor asked me what I expected at my age.”

Shocking! First of all, it’s clear that women aren’t getting the support they need. It’s suggested that as trainers we’re not yet connecting all the dots.

  • We can’t set a woman on an RDA recommendations diet and give her a ‘grade’ based on that.
  • We can’t set calories from some measure of resting metabolism and weight she wants to be and have her track calories in and out.
  • We can’t expect the same kind of diet that works for one person will work for another.

First, all of those things are old thinking across the board for all people.

Second, for women with cortisol issues there are different needs than for women with estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone issues. You have to coach based on what’s going on and then get to what’s causing it. That’s what has to be coached. The nutrition and exercise timing, type, schedule and rest and recovery have to be personalized. And it’s not by feel. 

Meaning, you can’t tell a woman to exercise when she wants to or rest when she needs it and expect that to work. You’ve got to start gathering information so that you know how to plan for her. It’s not that different than someone coming to you for marathon training. They need custom planning for their work and family life as well as their fitness status and where they want to get – finish? or podium?

So my inspiration for this post was John Berardi’s article of his blog post. Read that. And then consider how with Boomers you may not be getting specific enough attention- especially those that fall into type 2.  And you also may not be coaching. Saying do x and do y and that’s it, is not coaching. You put a client at choice and you empower them and endear them. You tell them, you’re not trusting that they are an expert about them. You’ll be a good trainer but you may never be a great trainer with that approach.

~Debra