When training your clients, one incredibly important thing to remember is that men and women are not the same. This sounds quite obvious but many personal trainers are not taking into account the difference between the two genders, and how this changes the way they should be approaching their clients. Treating men and women the same would lead to inefficient results and the possibility of losing clients who don’t feel like they’re getting effective workouts. We’ve come up with some great tips to consider when personal training for women. But don’t forget, all clients are different, so remember to think about their individual needs when creating effective workout plans.
HIIT is much more effective
When women are at the gym most of them will tend to coast on the elliptical machine focusing most of their efforts on cardio with the idea that this is the best way for them to lose calories and fat. This of course is not nearly as useful as they think. Consider introducing HIIT, as this is much more beneficial and a good way to change their previous habit of too much cardio for too long. Rather than spending 2 hours on the elliptical at an average pace, introduce high intensity interval training for 20 minutes instead. This will help them to burn more calories quicker, and will be much more effective in the long run.
Introduce resistance training
The misconception for women is that resistance and weight training is only for men, and that as soon as they start using weights they’ll bulk up and get muscly. This obviously isn’t true, and as your job as a personal trainer it’s your job to change this misconception. For those who are concerned about introducing weight and resistance training into their workouts let them know that actually, the more they do, the more lean muscle they’ll get and their body will start to burn up to four times more calories. They’ll even be burning them while they sleep! This will really help change your clients views making them more willing to start incorporating it into their workouts. Make sure that they know that weight training is only going to help tone their bodies, and it is not true that they’ll end up looking like the Incredible Hulk. When doing weight training it’s a good idea to do fewer reps but with slightly more weight. Remember though, most women won’t have done any weight training before, so start light and get them to work their way up instead of giving them an incredibly heavy weight which will only be likely to demotivate them.
Include whole body workouts
Most women store fat around their waist, hips and thighs and probably won’t have considered full body workouts before as they concentrate on their lower body in a bid to reduce fat in these areas. This can be ineffective, so introduce upper body workouts to them. Remember though, for women who have never done exercise before or have only focused on lower body exercises, their upper body will be very weak. Start small and get them to work up as they get stronger, which will help to motivate your client and make them feel like they’re achieving something. A great tip is to start the workouts with upper body training, when your client will be most mentally and physically ready. Doing it at the end of the workout when they are tired and exhausted will only be likely to lead to inefficient results.
Yelling and shouting might work for your male clients, but this may not work for most women. Of course there will be exceptions, but for most women this is only going to demoralise them. Women typically have lower self-esteem levels than men, and so when they’re coming to you to lose weight they’re also going to be wanting to gain confidence. Shouting at them will lower their self-confidence and they just won’t respond. As your role as their personal trainer you want to build up their self-confidence and self-esteem, so encourage them and make sure that they feel motivated, leading to increased confidence levels. You’ll find you get much better results and a much happier client.