When I give a client exercises that they execute well, those are the ones they tend to like, period, it’s just that simple. Everyone likes it when they are good at something right? OF course, I do too. But if they’re always really good at it, it means we’re playing to their STRENGTHS. Either innate strengths or strengths that together, we have created. It’s a team effort to be sure. So the trick is for trainers to learn how to approach their clients with exercises that illuminate their weaknesses without making them recoil at the thought. These are the exercises that make them feel awkward, off balance, or “weak”, Right! “I don’t like this exercise Candace, I never have. I’m just not good at it and it just doesn’t feel natural to me”. I feel as though I've heard that sentence a thousand times and it’s my job, (our job in the industry), to help our clients understand that these are the exercises they MUST DO!
It’s BECAUSE they aren’t immediately efficient with certain exercises and movements that they NEED to do them. SO, it’s our job to gently encourage, and sometimes STRONGLY encourage them to do what makes them feel awkward, so that they will not become injured do to the imbalances that these weaknesses, (left unattended) can cause. SO, I usually tell them that I know it feels weird but if we only do what doesn’t, you’re gonna end up a twisted mess some day! No let’s do it shall we”? Never said my delivery was the best, but it get’s the job done and it get’s the job done because they know that I’m right and even more important…they know that I care.
SO, I challenge those of you who train alone and those of you who are trainers, to make February the month to focus on the exercises that will strengthen your weaknesses. Why NOT! Make it fun and challenge yourself to feel a little “off” when you do triceps kick backs with a resistance band while standing on one foot? I mean really…does that sound like it’s supposed to feel NATURAL? I think not. You and/or your clients, will come out stronger in the end.
Dig deep and don’t ever care who’s looking…