Why You Should Tell Your Trainer To Shut Up!

You can do it..... Just one more rep!..... You’re look­ing good...... Do, it, do it!....... Come on, you’ve got this!

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Come on….One more rep…you can do it! Is it nec­es­sary to have th­ese words blasted in your ear while train­ing? Regie Sim­mons pro­vides some in­ter­est­ing in­sight into this louder than life topic!

The one- lin­ers above are just a sam­ple of the clichés per­sonal train­ers ut­ter to clients dur­ing train­ing ses­sions to mo­ti­vate them through a work­out. Mo­ti­va­tion is after all one of the pri­mary rea­sons why peo­ple seek out per­sonal train­ing ser­vices, and pay big bucks for them. A friend re­cently con­fided that she paid over $ 3,000 for ap­prox­i­mately 42 per­sonal train­ing ses­sions. When you do the math, that’s roughly $ 71 per ses­sion, which doesn’t seem like much, but that’s the dis­counted rate for buy­ing the ses­sions in ad­vance and in bulk. Mo­ti­va­tion is one of those tricky and elu­sive things that can wax and wane almost daily. Due to its il­lu­sive na­ture, mo­ti­va­tion is of­ten a source of spec­u­la­tion in ev­ery field, from fit­ness to business. Peo­ple want to know how to stay mo­ti­vated. They want to un­der­stand the rea­sons why mo­ti­va­tion wanes and more im­por­tantly, how they can be­come mo­ti­vated if it’s lack­ing. As an MBA and physique com­peti­tor, this con­ver­gence of fit­ness and business al­ways grabs my at­ten­tion. It’s not sur­pris­ing then, that I was drawn to a re­cent ar­ti­cle in the Har­vard Business Re­view en­ti­tled “If You Want to Mo­ti­vate Some­one, Shut Up Al­ready.” Talk about an in­ter­est­ing and provoca­tive head­line. In the ar­ti­cle, the lead re­searcher from Kansas State Univer­sity pre­sented find­ings from a study, which ex­am­ined the im­pact words of en­cour­age­ment can have on per­for­mance dur­ing a work­out. By its very na­ture one could as­sume that “words of en­cour­age” would do just that— en­cour­age— but, in re­al­ity the op­po­site is true. The re­search, lead by Bran­don Ir­win an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy at Kansas State Univer­sity, de­ter­mined that words of en­cour­age­ment do not in­spire peo­ple to per­form bet­ter dur­ing a work­out. “We didn’t ex­pect this, but it’s a re­ally clear re­sult. Con­stant en­cour­age­ment did not have the in­tended ef­fect of in­spir­ing [ ex­er­cise par­tic­i­pants] to im­prove,” said Ir­win. Say what? Talk about be­ing coun­ter­in­tu­itive. As part of the study, Ir­win asked par­tic­i­pants to

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