Struggling to motivate your gym clients? Are you beginning to see a pattern of clients who are enthusiastic for a few weeks and then just stop turning up or start making excuses? Whether you are a strength coach, a yoga teacher or a swimming instructor you can use these tips to keep your clients motivated and kicking goals in your gym.
Before you can motivate your gym clients, you need to know what motivates them to get a personal trainer in the first place. Is it someone to teach them the right techniques, tell them when to eat and when to sleep to get the best results?
The motivation to keep training does not come equally to all of us, so finding out why your client has sought to find a personal trainer in the first place will give you an understanding of how you can help them achieve their goals.
This is simple, what are your client’s actual goals? Be it more strength, bigger muscles, greater flexibility, better fitness or weight loss. These reasons should be at the forefront of everything you work on together. Everybody has a different body type so the cookie cutter approach to achieving your client’s fitness goals does not cut it. Don’t treat your clients like another pay check, if you want them to keep coming back then you need to show them you know what they want and how to get there.
Providing your clients with a personalised plan which accounts for their goals and personality type (for example are they someone who needs lots of motivation or someone who doesn’t need to be told twice) will enhance those interactions in the gym. Spend time getting to know your clients beyond the information that you have in front of you and take that into account when you are tailoring their experience with yourself and your gym.
Don’t assume that all your clients have the same outlook and are in the gym for the same reasons. Every client has their own reasons, their own vision, and their own personal focus. Isn’t that what makes the profession so interesting? Your role in their story is to design their fitness plan and help them reach their goals. So when you are wondering how to motivate your gym clients, first find out what motivates them in the first place.
We all know the saying, no pain, no gain. For some people, pain is not fun, pain puts people off and stops them from coming to your training sessions. So, what can do to keep them in your gym? Distract them! Inject some fun into your routine, be a friend, be contagiously positive, make it a game. Find out what motivates them and do more of that.
They say it takes 20 days to make a habit, but in reality, it takes more than just time to kickstart a new lifestyle. Demotivation can happen when the client finds themselves becoming too focused on seeing the results, and not on the actual process. People can get fixated on seeing results, they lose focus when they are coming quick enough. One bad training session can mean that they won’t turn up for the next one.
Instead of placing a heavy emphasis on results such as losing 5 kilos in two weeks, instead, focus on the day by day process. Give them the right tools, techniques, and mindset to accomplish their goals.
Introducing an app or some control management software into your gym does not have to be complicated or cost you an arm and a leg. There are tools out there which can bolster your clients engagement. The ability to track the more vanity metrics of their journey such as muscle gain, weight loss provides value beyond their sessions with you. Use reminders and messages to remind them of their upcoming training. Provide their nutritional plan, techniques, and progress all on the one system to give them the control over their goals.
Gym Member retention is a constant problem for gyms. When you meet your membership goals and feel like you have had a steady stream of new members, you are always worrying about retaining your existing clientele. I’m sure that you know the maths around acquiring a new customer versus retaining your existing ones. If you are not, I’ll tell you now. It’s expensive.
Customer satisfaction is the main motivator for keeping your members in your gym so read our top tips on how you can keep them satisfied.
Typically, the people who are using your gym are local to the area. They live in the area, they might even work in the area, the point is that attending your gym is convenient for their lifestyle as they don’t have to travel far and wide to incorporate their fitness goals into their week. So it seems only natural that you would partner with local companies to leverage each other’s network and build a sense of community for your members.
Stock standard, one size fits all, cookie cutter approaches do not work today, especially for your members. We live in a highly personalised world and your members expect the same response from their fitness experiences. While some members are happy to come into your gym and be left to their own devices, others would opt for group training. Having a variety of different offerings and services available to your clients, as well as pricing which is suited to more than one budget.
This may seem counterintuitive to offer value adds to your long-term memberships at a discounted rate, or even for free, but, there is a method to this madness. You might be thinking, my long-term members are the guaranteed income, but your long-term members can also be your advocates. Rewarding them for their loyalty with incentives will have them raving to their family, friends and work colleagues. As well as motivating them to keep up their good work.
Offering classes to your members where you step away from the brick and mortar of your gym and into their space is becoming increasingly popular. People are getting busier and busier and this means they stop prioritizing the things that might have once really mattered to them, like going to the gym. Think about offering a class to your clients, such as professionals where you go to their workplace, or a personal training session that you can have in a clients backyard. Or even putting your services online and doing a training session which you can stream.
One thing that is going from strength to strength is the use of user-friendly technology. Most people are going the tech way. Investing in your own gym app or gym software for your business can be a great investment to market yourself and also make your services much convenient to people. Identify what your clients are looking for and offer it in your own software.