Correcting Stunted Workout Progress
Surprising Reasons Your Client's Workout Progress May Be Stunted
There are few things more frustrating than spending time and energy working with your personal training clients, only for his or her progress to suddenly slow or stop. For enthusiasts and amateurs alike, this common concern can leave your clients feeling discouraged and looking for answers.
Before you let them throw in the towel, take a deeper look into some potential negative habits which may stunt their continued physical progress.
- Lack of Quality Sleep
Let's be clear here, not all sleep is created equal. Just because you are sleeping, does not mean you are obtaining quality sleep. Marked by the slowest brain wave activity, deep sleep plays a major role in physical rejuvenation and well-being. In addition, it is during this time that the human growth hormone (HGH) is secreted. HGH is critical for cellular repair, and will help individuals heal from injuries and repair muscle tissue after exercising. It is also integral for one's metabolism, building muscle mass and burning fat.
- Excessive Cardio
Cardio, cardio, cardio. Everyone talks about the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, but there are certain risks in engaging with too much cardio. In instances like these, it really can be an example of, "too much of a good thing." Chronic cardio can be bad for one's heart in the long run and may cause weight gain due to hormonal imbalances. Of course cardio will always be a great option within the training world, but keep in mind there may be alternative exercise with less cardio intensity, like yoga or HIIT, that can help prevent overdoing the cardio.
When it comes to essential nutrients, H20 is top dog. Improper hydration can cause a range of issues that negatively impact your client's workout performance and outcome. For one, it stunts digestion, which diminishes how one's body uses the nutrients we consume. It also hinders one's body's ability to pump blood and regulate temperature, making individuals more susceptible to illness and injury.
- An Improper Diet
A strong commitment to maintaining a healthy diet can make or break workout progress. Depending on whether your clients are attempting to gain muscle or lose weight, they will need to consume a specific ratio of nutrients to fuel the workout and recovery. Tracking macronutrients (carbs, fats and protein) is quickly becoming an industry standard in terms of identifying and maintaining the exact nutrients for gaining weight or losing weight.
At the end of the day, progress comes down to consistency. Your client can properly fuel their body while you perfect their workout routine, but it has to be a conscious daily effort. We all slip up from time to time because the alternative is oftentimes easier. Hold your client accountable, and don't let them make excuses! Remember to encourage them as much as possible; it's all about progress, not perfection.
Reaching an obstacle in one's fitness journey is a true test of perseverance and commitment. When it comes to correcting your client's habits, it can be even more difficult, not to mention personally challenging. Just remember, the amount of time we spend making the necessary adjustments to move forward, will take less time than if we simply give up and start all over.