See Embrace a Long-Term Step Approach to Pain-Free Fitness

After more than 11 years of training, I have learned that almost everyone who trains with me suffers.

After more than 11 years of training, I have learned that almost everyone who trains with me suffers.

Pain is something we can all relate to. For some, it is an emotionally rooted pain, and for the vast majority of people, there is a certain amount of body pain that they face every day.

It can be tempting, as a coach, to want to correct this pain by writing the perfect training program. The OPEX Coaching Certificate program (CCP) gave me a different idea. The training program is only a small part to help your clients live pain-free.

Change your mindset

Most people are impatient and want results now. This is why people try strength training when they don’t even have a strict chest pull at the bar (BTC). It’s not their fault.

We’ve all been told that we can:

Get abs in seven minutes.
Lose 30 kilos in 30 days.
Unfortunately, the path to better body fitness and pain reduction is slow.

The key is to help our clients change their mindset to take a patient, long-term approach to fitness and pain-free living.

Here are three steps you may not have considered to change your mindset and overcome long-term pain.

Step 1: Many people Do not Know Where They Are.

“Meet them where they are,” says Carl Hardwick, CEO of OPEX, a man with almost 20 years of coaching experience.

The basic idea is to learn as much as possible about your customer’s behavior:

History of education
History of issue
Sleep Habits
Wishes and needs
Objectives, schedule and priorities
Then you can design for yourself an effective program that will take into account your entire life and, in the end, “meet you where you are” in all areas of your life.

However, one of the problems with this is that many people do not know where they are. You don’t even know what you want to achieve through training.

Somewhere along the way, they decided that tearing and learning a muscle seemed like a good idea. Nevertheless, some clients have ignored the fact that they can’t get their hands on it without stretching their spine (or maybe they don’t even realize that’s the problem) and that they bodily suffer every time they tear.

This person keeps trying to drive a square peg into a round hole-Talk about pain!

Other people set arbitrary goals for themselves, without really thinking about what it takes to achieve them. Have you ever had a client who says she wants to lose 20 pounds and get it back up, but her actions don’t match her goal?

She never stays to do the homework you gave her, and she keeps admitting her Taco Bell addiction. It’s frustrating as a coach to see that person fail all the time, and it’s even more frustrating to be the person who feels like a failure.

A large part of sorting out this emotional and bodily pain comes from consciousness.

Helping clients understand what they want — their intention or why — is the first step to discovering, resolving and eliminating their emotional and bodily pain, explained Firass El Fateh, owner of OPEX Abbotsford in British Columbia.

They have to “dig very deep with their exact reason for doing all this,” El Fateh said. It starts on the first day. “It’s about setting expectations from the first consultation. Carry out the assessment together and give the client a clear picture of the situation of his body,” he added.

On an emotional level, if clients are honest about what they are really willing to sacrifice, such as losing 50 pounds, they are more likely to shed their emotional baggage and work to solve their problem.

In practice, your customers can understand your limitations if you subject them to a thorough evaluation.

For example, if your client knows that he has not passed a shoulder flexion test, he is more likely to respect the fact that maybe moving over a barbell is still not a good idea. Perhaps this is even the reason why they are still suffering. From there, you can follow a path that will help you correct this weakness and overcome the pain.
The change in mentality begins with the awareness of what is causing the emotional pain, the bodily pain and the understanding of what you want to achieve.

Step 2 : The beauty of simplicity

Remember the saying in elementary school: keep it simple, foolish?

As coaches, we are always trying to reinvent the wheel to keep people interested and show our knowledge. Another lesson I learned from PCC OPEX was the beauty of simplicity.

This comes down, as Hardwick calls them, to the “basic lifestyle guidelines.”

That is, “start with the lifestyle,” Hardwick said.

First, you need to look at what the person did for fitness and whether they did “a series of contractions and movements that were inappropriate (for them),” Hardwick said.

See what you do the other 23 hours of the day. How are your sleep hygiene, your nutritional hygiene and your stress level? Teach them how it contributes to their pain, lack of recovery and fatigue, Hardwick added.

“If the client does not sleep well, does not drink enough water, does not get enough sunlight, there is no point in delving deeply into the design part of the program,” El Fateh added.

In addition to sleep, stress, sunlight, nutrition and other basic lifestyle guidelines, Hardwick asks coaches to take into account the number of steps the person takes each day, the amount of water they drink and the type of bowel movements they go through.

As James Fitzgerald, founder of OPEX, said, if you don’t feel comfortable telling your customers about your poo, you’re not discovered. “It’s an undeniable health barometer, or you have to tell your customers about it,” he said.

“Identify the lowest life habits,” said Hardwick, “and get closer to them before you bother to write a sophisticated exercise program that promises the world to your client.”

Step 3: Learn why.

Anyone can teach someone to squat, push, articulate, pull. Although useful for people to actually take a long-term path to better health and a pain-free life, they need to understand why they are doing what they are doing. This favors this very important buy-in, explains Hardwick.

“It has to start with the ability to educate our customers,” Hardwick said, not only through “principles and science,” but also through his own experiences and those of other customers.

El Fateh agrees. Once his clients have a clear understanding — based on the OPEX rating he presents to them – he can now “determine how your program will get you from where you are to where you want to go,” he explained.

He added: “”Explaining why the program is important When people know why they are doing something, they are much more likely to continue doing it.”

The more empowered and autonomous your clients become, the more likely they are to make decisions when they are not looking (which is mostly the problem) that are smart for them and that ultimately help them get out of pain in the long term.

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