One of the many benefits of working with a good trainer is that they’ll help you to set certain goals; both for the long term and short term. I really like to give my clients monthly goals that are related to their wants and needs, but that also definitely push their boundaries of they ever thought they could accomplish. When done in safe, properly planned and timed manner it can really yield amazing results and outcomes both for the trainer and the client!
It is an amazing feeling to see how empowered you can make
someone feel when they thought they could never do a full body-weight pull-up,
or a push-up let alone 5 or 10 and even more! I usually like to have big goals for my clients set every 3-6 months, and we will slowly chip away at accomplishing it by
tackling smaller progressive goals on a monthly basis.
The biggest and most important aspect of these goals is that
they are always progressing in difficulty and intensity on a weekly basis,
albeit in a safe, efficient, attainable matter to reduce the risk of injury. A perfect
example and a client I wanted to shine the spotlight on is my client Em! She is
a busy 37 year-old wife, and mother of 3, but you’d never know that because she
never makes excuses and she always comes in ready to work! Even still had you
asked her when we first started training if she thought she’d ever get to the
level of strength that she has now, she would have said a big “NO!”.
She has always been active and healthy in some shape or form
for her whole life, but she had never lifting or trained with weights, never
thought she’d ever be able to do pull-ups, or push-ups etc. She also thought
that type of training would make her big, hulky and muscular looking, which is
the farthest from the truth. Also, as a trainer that is the last thing I’d want
for any of my female clients looking to lose body-fat, trim down, and look
I’m very proud of Em’s performance and would
like to highlight her Barbell Squat progression over an 8-month period. When we
first had her start 65lbs seemed very heavy for her and we definitely needed to
work out some kinks in her squat pattern. Now she just recently broke her
personal record and squatted 165lbs for 3 sets of 5 reps!!! See the videos for