How to Deal with Slow Days in the Gym

Afternoons at IFAST are often raucous. You might see upwards of fifteen clients per hour, with five or six high school athletes being coached by Ty, three or four adult clients being coached by Tony, and a handful of other clients who are working out on their own. The music is loud, the athletes are loud, the clanking plates are loud, and the atmosphere is booming. It’s difficult to step into IFAST in the afternoon and not feel motivated to train hard.

Mornings are often quieter. Mondays and Wednesdays tend to be busy, Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to be less busy, and Fridays are all over the place. As a semi-private coach, my max is four clients per hour. But during a quiet hour, I might be coaching one client at a time, with one or two interns in tow.

If you are in the beginning stages of your career, or in owning your business, you will probably spend a lot of time dealing with quiet days. Quiet days can mean less movement, less noise, and the appearance of an unsuccessful business. A quiet gym can be less exciting or motivating for some clients.

So how do you deal with quiet days in the gym? Here are a few things I’ve tried that have helped me out:

  • How to manufacture energy without feeling like you’re faking it
  • The “3 and move” game I teach interns to become more engaged
  • How to turn a slow day into a flow experience for you and your clients

Let’s go through each in more detail.

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Published by Jae Chung

I have a background in teaching the violin, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, English, writing, movement, and habit change. My main athletic accomplishments are spraining both ankles frequently and typing very fast.

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