Karen decides to run a marathon. She has chatted to her work colleagues and they’re all going to do it together. They’ve signed up for an online program and will train during their lunch break. They’ve bought new running shoes; they are super pumped. It’s going to be terrific. A few weeks into training and Karen is a bundle of aches and pains as she limps into your studio. She’s in a bad way.
Trevor wants to lose weight so he joins F45; he’s heard it works fast. He pumps the weights, he skips, he does every one of the “nerve-busting, vein-popping exercises” in all the classes. In his enthusiasm he and some of the people at his F45 signed up to do Tough Mudder together. Today Trevor can hardly walk up the stairs to your Pilates studio as he seeks relief from his injuries. He’s in a bad way.
You just wish that Karen and Trevor had been clients before they started on their training regime. A few simple preventative measures would have made all the difference to both of them.
As a health professional this can be one of the most challenging aspects of the balance between providing care to clients and actually running a business.