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The Importance Of Meditation For Your Fitness Clients

Blog Psychology and mindset Reading Time: 8 minutes
BY: jacob wildman

Everyone knows split workouts when the whole training is dedicated to a specific muscle group. You can spend an entire week getting your clients to learn meditation the right way. You can dedicate a week to meditation or offer five minutes of meditation at the end of each session.

Most people associate meditation therapy closely with either yoga or martial arts. Indeed, yogis and masters of various martial arts use meditation to get calm, clear their thoughts, and other useful “benefits”. In fact, everyone can and should meditate;  to do this, it is not necessary to be an athlete. However, meditation can have a positive effect on your fitness process. Let’s help your fitness business include meditation.

The connection between meditation and fitness goals

It is no secret that mindfulness training, or the practice of instant awareness, is achieved through meditation. In fact, meditation training is a way of working with your consciousness, your own mind. The ability to assume a state of instant awareness can do amazing things to your mental and physical health.

According to San Francisco psychologist Julie Fraga, meditation training can be useful  during physically challenging situations by helping us stay calm in the right moment.

During a stressful situation, the body fights for maximum efficiency, including the processes in the body. A riot of hormones and enzymes, a sharp jump in pressure and other factors affect the ability to think clearly. Mindfulness practice (especially regular practice) is an anchor that helps the mind stay stable during the storm.

Even if you are not a professional athlete, you can also reap the benefits of mindfulness in your training and daily life. What for? In order to avoid diverting attention  to what is not necessary, to be here and now during classes, to be attentive to your body. It is no coincidence that Steve Jobs promoted meditation: it helped the genius concentrate on what was important. 

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Meditation and athletes

According to researchers from the University of Miami, athletes who began attending mindfulness meditation training to cope with a stressful preseason began to focus more on the game and lose less attention. It is worth noting that relaxation exercises  also helped the other group of subjects, but the meditating athletes felt more confident at important matches.

This experiment involved 100 professional athletes who play for various football teams. The researchers observed their emotional state and attention during the challenging monthly training sessions before the start of the competitive season. At the same time, 56 players learned mindfulness through meditation therapy and breathing exercises, and 44 athletes learned to “rest” – they underwent therapy courses with relaxation exercises, specially selected music and images.

Both groups had a good rest and gained strength, but the first group coped much more effectively with tests and questionnaires that determined the level of attention and concentration.

Using meditation therapy for Stress and Depression

About 73 percent of Americans regularly experience stress-induced psychological symptoms, and 77 percent experience stress-induced physical symptoms regularly.” So how does meditation therapy impact  a person with depression?

Stops the fight or flight reaction

The fight-or-flight or stress response is a coping mechanism humans have acquired over thousands years to escape life-threatening stressful situations. It affects the autonomic nervous system, which controls several involuntary physical functions such as heartbeat, breathing, and blood pressure.

Meditation training slows down the fight or flight process and sometimes prevents it altogether. During meditation, you: 

  • stop, 
  • focus, 
  • rearrange your thinking.

This brings your attention back to your breathing  as your mind wanders and keeps your mind from imagining a worst-case scenario which could negatively impact your mental and physical health.

Causes relaxation reaction

Mindfulness meditation is the way to get rid of the fight-or-flight response with the relaxation response. This is the opposite involuntary response that occurs in the autonomic nervous system. This response calms physical functions such as breathing, heartbeat, and function of an organ system. By eliciting this response, people coping with stress will have fewer adverse  physical and mental effects in the long run. The relaxation response has been called “a common, functional attribute of transcendental meditation.

Helps you reject the idea of perfection

Another way meditation reduces stress is through acceptance—radical acceptance. This is because, at its core, mindfulness meditation is acceptance of reality. This is witnessing, observing and noticing the world around without trying to change it. With mindfulness, you simply appreciate and accept life as it is. You’ll be amazed at how this simple act can actually blow away your life’s stress.

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How to motivate a client to do meditation

To get your clients to meditate, be mindful and gentle. Don’t use persistence.

  • The best way to begin is from afar: talk about the benefits of meditation training for your client’s physical and psychological well-being.
  • We also recommend asking your clients about their needs. After discovering that meditation can solve or positively affect their problems, explain how it works to them. Solving specific issues will help motivate your clients.
  • Start small: A short meditation at the end of your workout will help you determine  if your clients are enjoying it and if it has any results.
  • Emphasize that it doesn’t take long, and your clients can meditate at home. You don’t have to go to the gym to meditate. They can do it themselves after being appropriately tuned in and prepared.

Share helpful tips. Explain what is important to do during meditation. How to focus, create an atmosphere, and keep the mood.

Useful tips for clients

The easiest way to learn meditation is to try breathing exercises. To do this, you need at least 10-12 minutes a day, although you can start with five. There are hundreds of meditation techniques, but all aim to enter a state of heightened awareness. And here are some basic rules:

  • The place for meditation training should be comfortable: comfy temperature, not a hard surface, silence.
  • It is better to sit with a straight back. Nothing should obstruct the stomach from breathing deeply.
  • Try not to move, but change your position to a more comfortable one if you want to. And do not hold back natural urges: if you want to sneeze – sneeze, your nose itches – scratch it.
  • You can safely be distracted by external triggers if they interfere with the brain in order to not think about them. For instance, if you heard that you received an SMS, read it since you forgot to turn off your phone. This is better than sitting on the floor for 20 minutes, thinking: “Who wrote” and eventually wasting time.
  • Relax while thinking about relaxation. Focus on everything that happens to your body.
  • Try to stop the thoughts. Pay attention only to your breathing or heartbeat. This should get rid of the voice in your head.

After sufficient experience in personal meditation training, your clients will learn to let go of thoughts, clear their minds, and stop their internal dialogue (ID). Few people pay attention to ID at all: we get very used to “discussing” everything in the world with ourselves, past experiences, recent experiences, the near future, joys and problems. Meanwhile, noticing and stopping ID is difficult, simple and very useful.

Awareness is a state of simultaneous emptiness in the head (that is, the absence of internal dialogue) and the ability to listen and fill the mind with the surrounding reality. This is the main advantage of meditation . Over time, you won’t need a mat, a yoga coach, or calm, quiet music for instant awareness.


Neuroscientists from the University of Oslo, Norway, found that during nondirective meditation (allows you to focus on breathing and send thoughts to wander), brain activity also increases in areas responsible for creating thoughts and feelings associated with one’s self.

Meditation “teaches” the brain to concentrate, cope with stress and anxiety, and helps return to a vivid reality of the surrounding world.

Yes, of course. The optimal meditation for the night is the practice of conscious attention and controlled breathing. It is recommended to perform it immediately before bedtime to promote more restful sleep and a conscious process of falling asleep. Then you will not just fall asleep but plunge into it consciously.

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