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When your client wants to put their sessions on “Hold.”

This email was just too good to not forward to you…

Hey Jeff,

Here's an article I've wanted to write for a LONG time now.
Well, I finally did. And I'm extremely proud to share it today.
If you're trying to improve your own health and fitness… it's an
absolute MUST READ. And if you coach others… DOUBLE MUST.

===> The "Pause-Button Mentality" is ruining your health and fitness.

What's it about?
Well, you've probably heard clients say something like…
"I'll resume healthy eating/exercising after vacation… once the baby is
born… after Dad gets out of the hospital… January 1… Monday."

While this kind of Pause-Button Mentality may seem reasonable, it could
be ruining their health and fitness efforts.

Here's why, and what you can do about it…

===> Instead of hitting the "pause" button, help your clients do this:

What's the harm in "pausing" healthy habits when life gets crazy?

Well, this completely natural and well-meaning impulse is one of the
fastest, surest, most reliable ways to SABOTAGE their efforts.

It may give them a temporary relief… along with the cozy illusion that
if they "start fresh", they'll find the magical "right time" to begin.

But, unfortunately, there will never be a perfect time to hit "play"
again. You and I both know — perfection just doesn't happen in real

So, how do you respond when your client wants to press "pause" on their
health and fitness efforts?

You simply help them "adjust the dial". Here's how…

===> How to "dial up" and "dial down" health and fitness:

The key to helping your clients reach their goals: Small improvements
done consistently over time.

So today, let's shift your clients from an "all-or-nothing" mentality…
which usually gets them "nothing"…

…to an "always-something" approach, where your clients can still make

…even amid vacations, demanding work schedules, family demands,
injuries, emergencies.

If you can just keep them moving forward, no matter what happens, no
pause buttons, no do-overs… your clients WIN. And you win too.

===> Take your clients from "all or nothing" to "always something":

Until next time,


PS – Check out the illustrated "dials" about halfway down the article.
They're great tools to help your clients adjust their fitness, nutrition,
and wellness, based on life's demands.


John Berardi, PhD, CSCS

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Good Advice to Follow When Chatting with Clients

 A guest post from Michael Libercci, Re-posted from:

Training clients often involves entertaining and listening to their “stories”.  We have all sat through sessions where regardless of how intense, clients still want to talk and babble.   Depending on the day, I may or may not be in the mood to hear how great their last trip was.  My mental response “I was here trying to fill your time slot so I can make my bills, thank you very much.”

However, the opposite is true; clients may not be in the mood to hear my stories or my life’s B.S.

Shocking as this may sound; clients do not always want to hear what you have to say!I know, it is a real blow to your EGO that people my find your words pointless.  I guess it is all in the day.

Keep in mind that you should always separate your personal and professional life.  No matter how thin the line, or how “cool” the client is.  If you are clouding sessions with you personal issues both mentally and verbally then Stop it.

Keep some space in your sessions between your service and your life.  Deliver the value and the experience the client’s deserve.

Part of servicing the client is to be entertaining along with providing amazing physical content.  If you want to chat call a friend, leave it out of the session.

Don’t get me wrong, I communicate some of my life to clients in session but not everything.  The fact is most sessions group or personal, should be consumed with “working out” not hanging out.

BTW – if you have other trainer’s in your business then keep an eye out for this.

Here is a challenge and some advice for you regarding this little issue.

The Challenge and the Advice:

  • For the next few sessions monitor session chatter.
  • Understand that you are there to create the exercise experience not talk to a friend.
  • See if you can skew the chatter to get client’s more motivated.
  • Limit how deep you go into your personal life.  (Client’s only need to know so much)
  • Always try to reverse the information exchange so they are telling you something vs. you blabbering on about your issues.

Last point- The rates you charge and the respect you deserve are directly related to how professional you are in session. Blabbering on about how traumatic your situation is or how great you are is not the purpose of the session.  It is hard to ask for respect and $150.00 when you spent the last hour sulking to your client about your life.  Client perception is part of staying successful in modern fitness times.

A trainer or coach is there to: teach, coach, guide, motivate, monitor, adjust, and exchange compensation for an amazing exercise experience that is building on the next.

Success is yours, Take it!

Michael Libercci

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The FDA Investigates Monster Drinks…

The following is a Natural Standard Safety Update:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating claims that several deaths have been caused by Monster Energy®, an energy drink manufactured by Monster Beverage Corporation.
Last year, a teenage girl died after drinking two 24 ounce cans of Monster Energy® over one day. Autopsy reports showed her death was due to heart complications from caffeine toxicity. However, she had a genetic heart condition, making it unclear if her death resulted from the energy drinks.
Energy drinks are not always labeled clearly with their caffeine content. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that teenagers should consume 100 milligrams or less daily of caffeine. One 24 ounce can of Monster Energy® contains about 240 milligrams of caffeine, or seven times the caffeine levels in one 12 ounce can of soda.
Caffeine is a naturally occurring compound found in the leaves, seeds, or fruits of more than 60 plants. It has mood-altering properties and acts a mild diuretic. This well-known stimulant has notable effects, including increased energy, decreased perception of fatigue and improved sense of performance.
The FDA is currently evaluating the safety and dosage of the ingredients in Monster Energy®.

The following is a link to our printable Caffeine handout for distribution to patients: Caffeine Bottom Line

Below is a list of popular Energy Drinks and links to ingredients and safety information:

Red Bull
Stacker 2®
Nitro 2 Go®
Full Throttle
Xyience Xenergy


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