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Back to the Basics: Rediscover the Fundamentals of Fitness and Wellness with Chris Duncan

The fitness industry has a growing trend of personal trainers focusing on quick fixes and attention-seeking strategies. You can see this trend in the rise of flashy workout programs, dangerous fad diets, and unrealistic body standards. However, a growing movement of fitness coaches is committed to getting back to the basics and empowering their clients to achieve long-term success.

One of the leading voices in this movement is Chris Duncan, founder of CD Fit and Well. Chris is a seasoned fitness professional with over 19 years of industry experience. He is known for his field expertise and dedication to helping clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals.

In our recent podcast interview hosted by co-host Tarek Chouja, Chris shared his insights on the importance of getting back to the basics in the fitness industry. He emphasized the need for personal trainers to focus on the fundamentals, such as progressive overload, repetition, and proper form. He also stressed the importance of educating clients about realistic goals and timeframes.

“If the industry can get more focused on the basics,” Chris shared, “both clientele and trainer will succeed.”

Chris also spoke about the importance of setting achievable expectations with clients. He suggested working with clients to create a personalized plan that considers their individual goals, fitness levels, and commitment levels.

“Finding ways to make it enjoyable,” Chris explained, “that’s where the coaching comes in.” 

Chris’s insights provide valuable guidance for personal trainers looking to empower their clients and help them achieve long-term success. By focusing on the fundamentals, educating clients about realistic expectations, and setting achievable goals, personal trainers can make a real difference in the lives of their clients.

Here are some tips for empowering fitness coaches to be better at their job:

  • Be a lifelong learner. The fitness industry constantly evolves, so personal trainers must stay current on the latest research and trends. Subscribe to Purpose Driven Movement for a fortnightly episode featuring an expert guest in your industry!
  • Be a good listener. Take the time to understand your clients’ goals and challenges. This attention to detail will help you create a personalized plan that is effective and sustainable.
  • Be a role model. Clients are more likely to follow your lead if they see you living a healthy lifestyle. Set a good example by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.

To learn more about these tips and the advice Chris offers in this fascinating episode, be sure to listen to the episode right now. 

Our favourite quotable moments:

“If the industry can get more focused on the basics, both clientele and trainer will succeed.” – Chris Duncan

“One of the great ways you can stand out – if you are successful without being over the top – is by everyone seeing your clients’ results.” – Chris Duncan

“Finding ways to make it enjoyable, that’s where the coaching comes in.” – Chris Duncan

“The client builds trust with the coach equally and they go on this incredible journey together. And I think that’s what breeds longevity.” – Chris Duncan


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About Chris:

Chris Duncan, founder of CD Fit and Well, is a seasoned fitness professional with over 19 years of industry experience. Known for his expertise in the field, Chris has dedicated his career to helping clients achieve their wellness goals. Through his mentoring work with junior trainers, he has gained valuable insights into the importance of getting back to the basics. By emphasizing the fundamentals and focusing on client-centered programming, Chris believes in delivering long-lasting results and promoting a healthier lifestyle. His passion for education and commitment to his clients make him a highly sought-after fitness coach.

About Your Host:

Tarek is the co-founder of the functional training institute and FitWell Education lab. 

Tarek is an international educator and speaker who has presented numerous times at the biggest convention in Australia, Asia and the US. In addition, Tarek has presented courses to thousands of trainers throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Tarek is also a best-selling author of ‘Purpose Driven Movement.

This podcast is produced by Brave Moon Podcasts.

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