Mistakes Trainers and Coaches Make 4-13-10

Keep it simple!

Here’s another mistake I see far too often.

Trainer Johnny starts to learn a little anatomy and training jargon, and so he assumes that everyone and their mother knows this stuff as well.

After all, who doesn’t know what their TFL is?

Or why they shouldn’t hyperextend their lumbar spine?

Look, I hate to break it to you, but your clients really don’t care how smart you are.  If you can get them results, they will love you forever.  They don’t care about their anterior pelvic tilt, they just want their back to stop hurting!

A smart man once told me, “If you can’t explain it to a cocktail waitress on a napkin, you’re making it too hard.”

Sage words indeed.

Do your best to explain concepts and thoughts to your clients, without inundating them with technical jargon or fancy words.

They’ll not only thank you for it, but you may just teach them a thing or two along the way.

Good luck!

MR

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  1. Nice post! That's the exact premise I write my posts on. I consider myself the intermediary. I learn the detailed, scientific stuff and do the research, and then provide my readers with something they can actually use.

  2. i completely disagree. i find it very UNHELPFUL when trainers don't explain the specifics of their exercises to me. i also think that your suggestion has become their mindset so even when i do specifically ask for them to get into more depth they still refuse to.

  3. Heard a great quote on fit cast that might apply "people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care".

  4. Some people like a lot of info, others don't. (As evidenced by the comments here and anyone who's spent enough time dealing with people). The key to being a good trainer is recognising the respective personalities that respond to each. Using either low/high info exclusively will result in you not communicating optimally 50% of the time.

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