A breakdown of how different lifestyles should look depending on your clients’ goals.
Your general fitness clients training to “look good naked” should not be living the same way as a client seeking to be a competitive athlete. There are significant differences in the way you approach and consult with each individual and the different principles they follow.
One of the big points for discussion with our clients is what we call, “Basic Lifestyle Guidelines” or BLGs. BLGs are a holistic approach to nourishment that focuses on contributors to overall health. This is an all-encompassing phrase that looks at daily hydration, food hygiene, sleep hygiene, daily activity, self-reflection, and daily stress management. The list below is an encompassing view of what makes up the BLGs.
The list below is an encompassing view of what makes up the BLGs.
Download a printable version of the BLGs here.
For long-term health and fitness, dialing in these key points can go a long way for the average person. The rapid pace of our society takes our focus away from the simple things that our body still appreciates and longs for: rhythm, movement, nourishment. Don’t underestimate the importance of the basics when it comes to getting general population clients the results they need.
(Note: The BLGs are the cornerstone of the OPEX education system and every piece of our teachings directly relates back to these guidelines. If you’re looking to utilize fitness program methodology that follows these guidelines, check out the Coaches’ Toolkit. This will give you a small taste of the OPEX Assessment and Nutrition Guidelines, as well as how we utilize all that information to create an individual program design.)
So, what’s different when it comes to high-level athletes?
Now let’s look at the 0.1% of individual’s who will compete at the highest level in competition. They are chasing their maximum physical potential. With that quest comes a shift of focus from simple/foundational principles to more specific performance driven concepts:
In closing, addressing the small things that go unnoticed by more novice coaches will have a profound impact on one’s health and fitness.
Instruct the client to move daily, drink water, sit down and chew their food, get some direct sunlight, go to sleep with the moon and wake with the sun. Knowing where the client sits on the continuum with regards to goals and purpose which will help direct your focus.
If your client falls into the category of someone who is chasing their maximum physical potential, you must dial in the specifics to ensure short and long-term success. At the end of the day, always remember that it’s not the training that gets them to the top, it’s the ability to adapt to that stress. If they can’t recover appropriately, they will not adapt to the stress and will not reach their potential or goals.
The great thing about the Coaches’ Toolkit we mentioned above, is that the guide teaches you the principles of individual design. This means that whether your client is more of a general population client or seeking to be a competitive athlete, you can learn something from the Coaches’ Toolkit, download your free copy today.