NASM’s 2013 Summer issue of the “The Training Edge” magazine caught my eye because there is an article titled, “What If I Suspect A Client Isn’t Being Truthful About Nutrition Habits?”
Now I KNOW a lot of you bootcamp instructors deal with this quite frequently. I know I have.
We know that nutrition is SO important to getting results and it must be frustrating to see some of your clients working out hard during your class and yet say things like “I just can’t seem to lose weight.” or “I hate sweets – I haven’t had any since 1983”.
This topic reminds me of a story that my wife told me a few years back.
A high profile female personal trainer (sorry don’t remember her name) was being FIRED by her client. Her client told her that she just wasn’t getting the results that she had hoped for. The trainer walked outside of the gym with her client as they made their way to the clients car.
The client gets into her car and as the trainer leans into the passenger side window to thank the client and say goodbye, SHE SEES AN OPENED BAG OF M&MS ON THE PASSENGER SEAT!
She doesn’t say anything to the client about the m&m’s but feels like the client has not been honest with her nutrition.
If a client is working hard and being consistent yet NOT following a good nutrition plan, what can they expect? We’ve all heard that “you can’t out train a bad diet” yet I’ll bet this happens in nearly everyone of your bootcamps.
The article in the magazine says that “we shouldn’t try to catch them being untruthful” in regards to their eating habits and I agree with that.
But I’m wondering how YOU deal with this situation in your bootcamps?
If you have your clients keep a food log, the article suggests saying something like “It sounds like it’s really hard to write down your food choices every day of the week. What do you struggle with most?”
How would this suggestion work in your bootcamp?
Please let me know and leave your comments below.
Here’s the link to the full Summer 2013 issue of “The Training Edge”
– Scott York