- Find the beginning, and start there.
- Keep it simple.
- Keep it short.
- Keep it fun.
So what I have to keep in mind is that a potential client will fall anywhere along the myriad continua of fit-unfit, informed-uninformed, experienced-inexperienced, and enjoyment of working out. What they all have in common is an interest in getting or staying fit.I am developing a fairly standard set of questions that cover what I need to know about my client before developing a plan. I need to know about their health, their eating habits and activity level, what activities they enjoy, and their goals. I also need to know what they 'know' about fitness. Oftentimes people don't realize that information has changed, or that they've misunderstood something. Not every question needs to be asked, some would only come up if the client asked about it.
It's important to start with the basics.
- Why is the client here?
- What do they already do in support of their goal?
- What is the thinking behind what they're doing?
- Is it getting them what they want?
- What are their limitations?