Successful Fitness Motivation Strategies


Barbara A. Brehm
ISBN: 0736045937
ISBN13: 9780736045933
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Successful Fitness Motivation Strategies will teach you motivational strategies that will help you structure effective exercise programs for all of your clients. You will learn the tools to help non-exercisers, habitual exercisers, and clinical populations stick with and succeed in their fitness programs. The concepts and underlying psychology of Successful Fitness Motivation Strategies are geared toward personal trainers, exercise instructors, and others working in fitness center settings. The book is also a solid resource for allied health professionals in physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and other environments where exercise is prescribed for therapeutic purposes. Author Barbara A. Brehm, EdD, has studied exercise motivation and adherence for 25 years as a professor and as a working fitness professional. She thoroughly examines the many factors that affect exercise adherence and provides fresh insight into how readers can use this knowledge to improve program design. Written in an easy-to-understand style and solidly grounded in research, Successful Fitness Motivation Strategies features the following:
  • Numerous applied examples help you understand and relate the concepts to personal experience.
  • Narratives document how instructors have successfully used the strategies presented.
  • Question-and-answer sections in each chapter address questions from real personal trainers and offer solutions to the real-life situations that personal trainers address daily.
Successful Fitness Motivation Strategies will help you to design and implement programs that benefit all of your clients and ultimately improve your effectiveness as a fitness professional.

About the Author

Barbara A. Brehm, EdD, is a professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and has worked as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, lifestyle coach, and fitness program director. She has studied exercise motivation and adherence for 25 years and helped hundreds of people in classes and other programs become more active. A contributing editor to Fitness Management since 1985, she writes a monthly column discussing recent research in exercise and health science with an emphasis on application. She has served as director of the Smith Fitness Program for Faculty and Staff since 1984. Dr. Brehm is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She earned her EdD in applied physiology in 1983 from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Your Role in the Exercise Adherence Story
  • What Is Meant by Exercise Adherence and Motivation?
  • Exercise Adherence and Career Development
  • Exercise Adherence and Your Organization
  • Your Professional and Ethical Conduct Enhances Exercise Adherence
  • Importance of Effective Communication Skills
  • Self-Renewal, Stress Management, and Avoiding Burnout

Chapter 2. How Do People Change?
  • Behavior Change Process
  • Stages of Change Model for Physical Activity
  • Assessing Stage of Change
  • Stages of Change and Adherence

Chapter 3. Promoting Adherence From Day One
  • Step 1. Staging Your Motivational Approach
  • Step 2. Discuss Health Concerns
  • Step 3. Discuss Fitness Goals
  • Step 4. Review Previous Exercise Experiences
  • Step 5. Work with Your Client to Finalize the Exercise Program Design
  • Step 6. Help Clients Anticipate the First Day

Chapter 4. Developing the Force of Habit
  • Force of Habit and the Nature of Self-Control
  • Build Self-Efficacy
  • Social Support: Helping Relationships
  • Behavior Change Skills

Chapter 5. Fostering Positive Exercise Experiences
  • Maximizing the Psychological Benefits of Exercise
  • Helping Clients Anticipate and Plan for Disruption
  • Measuring Progress and Finding Improvement
  • Reinforcing Commitment in Experienced Exercisers

Chapter 6. Working With the Clinical Population: Focus on Ability
  • The Clinical Setting: When Clients Are Patients
  • Teamwork in the Clinical Setting
  • Factors That Affect Adherence in Clinical Populations
  • Stage Theory in the Clinical Population
  • Motivational Goals and Behavior Change Skills
  • Building Exercise Self-Efficacy
  • Overcoming Barriers to Exercise

Chapter 7. Motivational Strategies for Group Exercise Leaders
  • Does Participation in Group Exercise Enhance Adherence?
  • Quality Instruction Improves Exercise Adherence
  • A Motivational Leadership Style Improves Adherence
  • Welcoming New Clients to Your Group Exercise Program
  • Reinforcing Behavior Change in the Group Setting
  • Increasing Self-Efficacy in the Group Setting
  • Group Dynamics and Exercise Adherence

Chapter 8. Strategies for Fitness Centers and Health Promotion Programs
  • Quality Staff: Make Enhancing Adherence Part of the Job Description
  • Give Members a Positive Experience
  • Promoting Wellness in Your Community


A reference and textbook for personal trainers, fitness instructors, strength and conditioning coaches, and allied health professionals; a textbook for students in health and fitness courses.