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Your Members Are Probably Lying to You

People lie about their health and fitness habits. That may not come as a surprise to you or your trainers. How many times have your trainers been told by their clients that they are following their set exercise and healthy eating plan between sessions, but your trainer is seeing lackluster results?

Now we have “proof.” More than half of Texans polled in a recent survey admit that they have lied to family or doctors about fitness habits, such as what they eat and how much they exercise. Forty-six percent are not honest with family members, and 32 percent are not honest with their doctors, according to the “True Results Health Honesty Survey” conducted by public opinion research firm Promark Research Corp. on behalf of True Results, a lap band provider.

No, they didn't ask how many had lied to their personal trainer, but I would guess the numbers are similar. And it seems that the heavier a person is, the more likely they are to lie.

The main reason for lying is embarrassment about their real habits. But in order for you and your staff to help your members, you must know the truth. So what do you do to sort out which of your personal training clients are lying? And what do you do to make sure they aren't embarrassed to tell your trainers that they ate a few too many jelly donuts and skipped exercising a few too many times during the past week?

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