One of my biggest challenges is to help my Type-A clients slow down during our sessions. Often times, when clients are chronically busy and time-crunched, they often carry that harried pace into our sessions and it can be quite detrimental. They keep moving during the sessions as if any time spent recovering is time wasted. After all, time is money, right? So, they pace around, hands on hips, waiting impatiently for the next set to begin. I try to insert a couple of questions to stretch the rest interval to 2 or 3 minutes on a heavy day but my jabbering is often perceived as an unnecessary delay rather than a calculated break.
Granted, this is a good problem to have. Most clients enjoy resting way too much and they are the ones gabbing away to extend their time in between sets (give it up people, trainers have seen every type of procrastination technique ever invented!). However, convincing a Type-A client that rest is actually important and necessary can be quite a difficult proposition. I try to explain that when we exercise, especially at higher intensities, rest is critical to recharge the muscles and energy systems being taxed so that we will be fresh for subsequent sets. If that doesn’t work then I stack several movements in a row (more than I usually might for a person who actually listens to me) so that I specifically induce fatigue, causing the movement patterns to fall apart. Here’s an example of such a scenario:
(You can’t imagine how much verbal, visual, and tactile cuing I’ve tried to improve the form on this movement)
I try to point out the sloppy form and have even started showing clients the videos I take of them to illustrate my point (quite an uncooperative left shoulder in this case). I want them to see and feel the fatigue so that they can appreciate the value of rest. It works in some cases but rarely have I been successful at slowing down a supercharged client consistently. Having energy, enthusiasm, and a driving work ethic are certainly desirable traits as long as they are managed effectively during the workouts. Yet again, my patience and skills are tested.
Keep on Movin’