There is something very powerful about a new year, a new month, even a new week, which marks a point in time for people to “change” something in their lives. The diet and fitness industry is replete with a sense of revision and metamorphosis, especially around the New Year.
What is your vision?
As a fitness professional, you have direct impact on the experience of all participants in your classes. This January, we all have the privilege of welcoming new and returning participants to our classes. And it is a privilege, because effecting positive change is not something that is available to everyone.
There is bound to be some friction between those individuals that have made your classes a priority in their weekly routine, and others who are venturing in with trepidation to a new, and potentially overwhelming, atmosphere. As a fitness professional, one way to deal with this situation is to create a message or a mission statement that will get all participants thinking about their own desired outcomes. If the focus is based on something they as an individual can manage, people are less likely to let other distractions sideline them.
Remembering that fitness and well-being are composed of mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health, consider starting off with a message that addresses one or all of these aspects. The theme doesn’t always have to be the same, but it should be compelling and impart a sense of being in control.
I’d like to start a conversation about positive messages we can bring to our classes. What values will you communicate to your participants in 2019 to assist them in creating a physically fit foundation in their life?
Personally, I have two and they are:
1) Honor your body. It was created to move. Do what you need to do today to find your potential.
2) There are four pillars of fitness that are 100% your choice. Consistency, frequency, duration, and intensity.
I’d love to hear any values that you would like to share, whether it’s something that you say each and every class or specific to welcoming the New Year and all the positive changes it brings. What possibilities are you looking to create within your space and time?
This article by Karyn Silenzi originally posted in 2018 but is timely at the start of any new year.