How to End Your Fitness Relationship
If at some point your trainer no longer is helping you meet your fitness needs, you may need to make a change. Here are some ways to bow out of the fitness relationship gracefully:
Be honest: Tell your trainer why you’re leaving (tactfully, please). Don’t leave him guessing. If your trainer is a professional, he or she will take your recommendations seriously and use your comments to improve interactions with future clients.
Stay Positive: Tell your trainer the good things you learned and how
the program helped you (you may want to lead off the conversation with the positives).
You are in Control: Even though the trainer you hired is the one most often giving the instructions and guidance, ultimately you’re the boss. Remember, if you’re paying a teacher to help you learn to play the piano, and the teacher’s methods and attitude aren’t clicking for you, you’re probably better off spending your time and money with another teacher; however, the “instructor/pupil” dynamic can lull us into submissiveness. Remember, you control where you spend your time and effort, so end the relationship calmly and respectfully if it’s not working for you.
If you honestly have been putting in the effort, but the trainer isn’t carrying his end of the deal, then you know what you need to do.
Yes, it may be a bit awkward to “fire” your trainer, yet in the end you owe it to yourself to get the best service possible. So put momentary awkward emotions aside and do what’s best for your long-term fitness goals. Remember your first relationship is with yourself!
Be honest, stay positive, and you are in control.
In Health and Fitness,