How do you prefer to plan workouts?
I'm curious to hear how all you other trainers plan workouts for yourself and your clients. Do you use pen and paper, a laptop or mobile device, memorize the entire routine, or some other means? Do you present it to your clients before the workout or during? Is there anything unusual or artistic about your program design?
Thanks for your question.
There are so many different ways to plan a workout..it depends on what you are comfortable with and what works best with your style to help clients succeed in achieving their goals. Using excel spreadsheets like mentioned above is easy to maintain and organize and develop charts for the client to view progress. I've seen some trainers use their cell phones..however it looks like they are texting non-stop and not paying attention to their client, which could hurt your business since other gym members always watch what trainers do with their clients.
As a boot camp instructor for the past 2 years, I have never presented my workouts beforehand to my members. I actually do not even really heavily prepare any type of workout because class sizes may vary from week to week, or clients may have induced some type of recent injury, which force you to modify workouts. For me, I feel more creative right on the spot, which makes the class more exciting to attend because client's do not know what to expect. This keeps their bodies from reaching any plateaus as well. So it's good to have a plan but also be ready for the unexpected.
***One approach I do consistently focus on is total body muscle balance. You want to make sure your workouts do not produce muscle imbalances with your clients. This can lead to injury.*****
Hope this helps,
Body Transformation Instructor
For myself, I freelance more often than not, sometimes trying out something new, sometimes perfecting techniques that I want to teach my clients.
I am intuitive and able to improvise if I must.
I think on my feet and am always prepared mentally.
I believe at the end of the day if one understands human movement, origins and insertions of muscle groups, axis of rotation, planes of movement one is able to improvise on the spot and use different pieces of equipment as the function of the muscle group never changes.
Mac Dodds M.A., Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
I'm old fashioned: pen and paper are my tools of choice.
Normally I list the exercises that will be done in the session.
However, I'm open to change exercises (even an entire workout!) if a client mentions something (i.e. pain) that could be aggravated by what I've planned.
As Bruce Lee said "be like water”.