In Part 1 we talked about the best of both world’s in Semi-Private training when it came to finances. The ability to get personalized attention without having to pay ridiculously high pricing. Today we are going to talk about the autonomy of this type of training. What do I mean about autonomy? Well, let’s dive in and see.
Some trainers try like heck to “keep you in the dark” in the fitness world so they can hold onto you forever. They may queue you for proper form, but won’t explain the mechanics and the “whys” behind the workout. My semi-private training style is all about teaching the client as much as I can/they can handle. This allows for great “self-coaching” after teaching them the form and how they can feel their own body in correct form. This means that outside of the gym, you can continue to move correctly, promoting optimal health and reducing common injuries.
I also talk about the “why”, and teach them to think for themselves on whether to go heavier or correct their form. While I will always be there to guide and offer advice, I also want my clients to take control of their own training. Someone who takes the lead on their workout program is more invested, and more likely to push themselves to that next step (under my watchful eye of course..) I want to create this culture that they almost “don’t need me” every second, thus making an autonomic client. This makes the gym run very smoothly so when I do have a new(er) client I can focus on them when need be.
Many people like this kind of gym environment because they feel safe while performing the lifts, but don’t feel like they are being micro managed every second of their workout. It’s like having controlled freedom.
Autonomy works in a small gym setting where I can easily still watch every person, new or veteran client, and make sure everyone is doing their program as best as possible. Speaking of programs, each client has their own sheet, their own lifts they are working on each day they come into the gym. This alone makes them start to “own” these specific lifts they have to perfect and make strong(er) each and every session in the gym.
Next week is Part 3 of benefits of Semi-Private training!