• How Personal Trainers Can Use Self-Efficacy Theory to Enhance Exercise Behavior in Beginning Exercisers
    In this article, author Doug Jackson defines the concept of self-efficacy and explains how it impacts exercise behavior. Interestingly, exercise itself also improves self-efficacy. Jackson wraps up the article with related, practical tips that personal trainers can use with their clients to increase exercise adherence and achievement of specific personal fitness goals.
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    One of the most common reasons a client hires a personal trainer is for exercise adherence. As personal trainers, we are highly skilled at program design but often struggle with client commitment; especially given that 50% of Americans that begin an exercise program drop out within the first six months. How can we address this client commitment issue? One tool is centered on the concept of self-efficacy, which is “one’s confidence in their own ability to develop strategies and complete tasks necessary to be successful in various endeavors.” Higher levels of self-efficacy result in improved exercise behavior and ultimately, success.

    In this article, author Doug Jackson defines the concept of self-efficacy and explains how it impacts exercise behavior. Interestingly, exercise itself also improves self-efficacy. Jackson wraps up the article with related, practical tips that personal trainers can use with their clients to increase exercise adherence and achievement of specific personal fitness goals.

    How Personal Trainers Can Use Self-Efficacy Theory to Enhance Exercise Behavior in Beginning Exercisers by Doug Jackson
    Strength and Conditioning Journal, June 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - pp 67-71

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