One of my most FAVORITE parts, (if not THE favorite) of training clients is seeing the progress in not only their physiques but also their mentality and confidence. I never share their progress photos or info with anyone without their permission, but my husband has heard me say on many occasions, “man, this client of mine is killing it, and looking SO good!” It really makes me happy and proud to see people make positive change!
I’ve got a handful of long-distance clients, and I have an important point to make about the way these individuals are coached- two clients specifically, that have been with me a few-several months.
Here is my client, Quenia, who I’ve been working with since this past summer. One of the most determined, and committed clients I’ve ever had!! She’s not afraid to push those weights, and I never worry about whether she’s following the plan.
(left is when we started, right is current). SO amazing!
About her plan: I already knew Quenia knows how to eat healthy, and that she’s a regular at the gym, but she wanted to push her body further. Her preference was to have a set meal plan, with exact foods laid out for her, which she adheres to diligently, for 4 weeks, until we switch again. We live in different states, so I also write up her workouts, and she reports to me weekly. Based on her current lifestyle, and her personality and preferences, having that kind of structure is what makes her thrive!
And she’s a beast. Pushing it to the next level with a goal to compete in a figure competition this next year!! BOOM.
And now, this is my good friend and neighbor Amber. We’ve been training for a few months as well, and she prefers a different approach. The concept of “flexible dieting” has become popular, and it’s really beneficial for a lot of people!
Amber likes to be able to eat dinner with her kids and not make separate meals (understandable). She likes variety and flexibility but was willing to take on the task of tracking her food (because that’s kind of what you have to do to see consistency).
She was not overweight, but wanted to be stronger, leaner, and just drop a few pounds, to get back to where she was before having kids.
Left: a few years ago, Right: current
She’s leaner, stronger, and not even done!
So we’ve taken a gradual, but flexible approach with Amber, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy! I don’t think there’s been a single day that she’s blown her macros, or missed her workout. She’s consistent, and people are always surprised when she tells them her diet doesn’t suck haha. You can’t eat junk all the time, but there is some wiggle room as long as she hits her macronutrient targets each day.
A few years ago, back when she mostly focused on running.
She looked great before, but what you might not see from pictures, is that she’s now trimmer, and has back muscles she’s never seen before, AND a killer set of legs!
Since September, she’s lost 6 inches, and 9 pounds
I’m super proud of these two ladies! I find it a unique challenge to find what works for them. Maybe Quenia would not do as well with flexible dieting. Maybe Amber would go crazy on a set meal plan. So as long as we understand each other, we just build upon the lifestyle they’re currently doing, or else it simply will not work.
Fitness is not a “one size fits all” approach, because DUH we’re all different, with different goals and body types. But if you focus on improving little things you’re already doing, gradually you add more to that, until you see amazing progress and create life-long success!