Most of my clients wouldn't consider themselves athletes... in fact, I don't think nay of them would consider themselves athletes by the traditional meaning of the word - at least not professional ones anyway. Despite this, I would say that I work with a great group of women, currently all age 14 or above, and many of whom have children, yet still find the time to exercise, eat well (for the most part!) and put themselves first for a portion of their week. It's still saddening to see however, that research suggests female fitness is lower than that of a male, by around 4%. (Data from 2018-19, with ongoing research.)
Campaigns from SportEngland and ThisGirlCan aim to ensure that we start making ourselves a priority within fitness. Making ourselves a priority is hard-work at the best of times, but being able to schedule in some time for self-love is becoming more and more important. Exercise isn't just about the physical aspects, but also about doing something for our own mental health... on several occasions I've had clients turn up to their sessions and say "I almost cancelled our session today, I'm really not feeling it.". I get it. I've been there. Especially in the first month or so of a training plan, our confidence can really make us feel this way. When this is the case, we take the session a little slower, find an exercise that the client enjoys and by the end of the session they feel a little more relaxed, or might even have a smile on their face too. Job done.
Now, as important as it is for females to feel confident enough to tell me they're not 100% themselves on that particular day, I think it's about finding some sort of exercise that they enjoy. It's a way of getting clients to adhere to their exercise programme.
I'm lucky enough to say that my longest client has been with me since about my first month of being a qualified PT (now moving into my fifth year), and the remainder if my clients have been with me for near enough that same time period too. With this in mind, I aim to provide variety to every single session that I offer my clients. Sure, there are some days we have to complete a