/ACE Insights | Can Your Fitness Clients Also Be Micro-Influencers?

ACE Insights | Can Your Fitness Clients Also Be Micro-Influencers?

Turning into a micro-influencer is a sluggish and regular course of, however well worth the intentional growth and energy. It’s a brand new type of social assist that has the potential to positively propel your purchasers’ behavior-change efforts and incite a journey of change for others.

Clients as Micro-influencers

Micro-influencers are people who craft content material round a sure market, area of interest or matter. Whereas the variety of followers varies between sources, a micro-influencer has anyplace from 1,000 to 50,000 followers. The variety of followers is bigoted and never straight associated to success or worth. Anybody dedicated to a objective, journey or message can change into a micro-influencer. How can we get our purchasers to affect one another? And, extra importantly, why does it matter? In brief, purchasers as micro-influencers provide a contemporary methodology of social assist. 

Why Social Help Issues

Bandura’s (1986) social studying idea first urged that habits will be defined by analyzing the interplay and relationships between a person and his/her surroundings and social elements. A long time of research have demonstrated a constructive correlation between social assist, objective attainment and altered well being behaviors.

For instance, one examine investigated social influences on well being behaviors amongst rural adults. Researchers discovered that the attitudes of household and associates have been key influences on habits. The findings additionally mirrored that assist from, and accountability to, the members of the social-support community facilitated habits change and upkeep (Sriram et al., 2017). Comparable conclusions have been made in a scientific overview that examined the affiliation between social assist and bodily exercise in older adults. The overview urged that people with better social assist have been extra more likely to take part in leisure time bodily exercise (Smith et al., 2017). Clearly, social assist is a powerful motivator to assist people persist towards a objective (Bushman, 2017).

Backside line—we already know our purchasers, whatever the objective, profit exponentially from the presence of high quality social assist (Brehm, 2014). We additionally know that social assist can manifest in a wide range of numerous and distinctive codecs: family and friends can present constructive encouragement and validation; coworkers may help cowl a lunch shift; a exercise companion can present accountability and constructive reinforcement; on-line assist teams may help affect motivation and share comparable experiences. Social assist isn’t restricted to 1 type.

The Social Media Issue

Social media has a definite approach of connecting individuals domestically, regionally and globally. As well being and train professionals, we use social media to attach with and educate our many followers—we’re micro-influencers. However what about our purchasers? Why not harness the connectivity social media gives and assist our purchasers change into micro-influencers as they pursue their way of life objectives? This might be simply the inventive avenue in the present day’s purchasers have to really feel empowered and linked to others sharing the same voyage. It is also a strategy to unfold a physique constructive and wholesome way of life message.

Listed below are some sensible methods to assist purchasers work towards changing into micro-influencers:

  • Create an internet assist group to attach purchasers by a typical channel. It will assist construct familiarity and relationships amongst present and former purchasers. Choose a social media channel that your purchasers discover well-liked and use typically.
  • Comply with your purchasers on social media and submit praise-filled messages. Do the identical in your social media channel(s).
  • Promote the person social media channels of your purchasers.
  • Publish encouraging messages concerning the worth of sharing a health journey.
  • Share your personal health journey and day by day habits by way of dwell movies and tales.
  • Maintain candid conversations with purchasers about sharing their well being and health journeys by a social media channel. Provide to assist them get it began.
  • In case you have purchasers who possess a expertise for writing, encourage them to begin a weblog and start sharing issues they’ve discovered of their periods and experiences with you.
  • Encourage a “develop the group” effort the place purchasers observe one another on their respective channels or be part of/create a Fb group.
  • Create a “wall of fame” at your studio or health club to showcase achievements. Embody the purchasers’ social media channels on the wall (bear in mind to hunt permission to take action).
  • Encourage purchasers to observe different people who’re thought of micro-influencers and work together with their posts.

A number of elements contribute to a person’s want and motivation to decide to wholesome habits, together with train and bodily exercise. Amongst these factors are self-efficacy, enjoyment, accountability, behavior integration into the day by day routine and social assist.

As well being and train professionals, we’ve the distinctive alternative to affect every of these elements. We’re chargeable for creating exercise packages that align with purchasers’ objectives and wishes, which incorporates integrating actions that they are going to get pleasure from. We additionally develop accountability measures and assist purchasers construct the abilities to alter their behaviors. We help purchasers in crafting short-term objectives that result in early wins that, in flip, improve self-efficacy. Lastly, we not solely present a supply of social assist, however we support purchasers in figuring out different technique of social assist inside their particular person networks (household, associates, coworkers and group).

Take into account what the end result could be if we take lively steps to encourage purchasers to assist one another in a extra up to date and influential approach. Your purchasers can realistically change into micro-influencers as they share parallel journeys of change. Such an strategy can create client-to-client connections and add to the worth of social assist.


Bandura, A. (1986). Social Foundations of Thought and Motion: A Social Cognitive Concept. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Corridor.

Brehm, B.A. (2014). Psychology of Well being and Fitness. Philadelphia, Pa.: FA Davis.

Bushman, B. (2017). ACSM’s Full Information to Fitness and Well being. Champaign, In poor health.: Human Kinetics.

Smith, L. et al. (2017). The association between social support and physical activity in older adults: A systematic review. Worldwide Journal of Conduct, Diet, and Bodily Exercise, 14, 1, 56.

Sriram, U. et al. (2017). Support and sabotage: A qualitative study of social influences on health behaviors among rural adults. The Journal of Rural Well being, 34, 1, 88-97.