How responsible should I be for what my clients due in the time they are not training with me?
My clients are all over the map with what they are able to accomplish in fitness during the week between our sessions... with both injury prevention in mind and the clients' desire for change and growth, it is paramount to keep the sessions challenging and yet safe. Are most trainers providing "home programs" for their clients? And if so, is this customarily a separate charge?
Now on to the second part of your question, I'm with Karin. I often give my clients "homework" based on the equipment or space that they have available to them at home. I will periodically give them exercises or a program that they can utilize at home but I do this with a "twist." My twist is that I try to arm my clients with the knowledge to create their own program. What I mean by this is that when we are training together, I teach. I try ti impart some basic knowledge about anatomy and how their body works so that they can create their own workouts. Here's an example of what I do:
When I'm working with one of my 12-year old girl athletes for example, I will constantly reinforce with them how their body works. I will say something like "ok, we're going to work your back muscles now..." as they are performing a row or other back exercise, I will say to them "the back muscles PULL." Later, I will ask them what the back muscles do (their reply - hopefully - is "pull"). Armed with this basic knowledge d(over time of course), I can now tell her "when you go home, tomorrow I want you to do 2 exercises for your back muscles" and she understands what to do.
I love this kind of self-empowerment for all of my clients - young and old!
I hope that this helps.
After that, I usually keep them on the home program for a while and utilize my own more extensive studio equipment to challenge clients further. The home program may be updated as needed.
I do not charge clients for that. I consider it to be included in my personal training fees.
As for part 2 / home programs / charging: I think it is imperative to get credit and paid for any work you do, so yes you should charge. I've seen some use a session for this, and others develop a separate fee. But your knowledge of the person, their goals, and their history all go into making one of these plans, unlike something they find for free on the internet, so charging for the personalization isn't asking for too much.
Best of luck!
All of this should be somehow figured into the price of your services. You should always be paid for the time you spend working!
Apart from that, you are not responsible for any of their actions. You can give them all the tools and motivation to exercise on their own, but if they decide for whatever reason not to, then it's on them and not you. If you're with a client only a few hours per week, they're responsible for what they eat and their level of exercise for the majority of the time. Clients need to understand that ultimately their success is in their hands and their success depends on their level of commitment to making a lifestyle change. Yes, you can provide a path and motivation, but your clients have to do the work.
I hope this helps.
I have written workouts out for clients I train sporadically and charge them my full rate. I suggest you figure out your own policy on this and be up front at your initial assessment
As fitness professionals we are obligated to share with our clients the relevant science that helps them achieve their goals, however it is up to them to decide whether they are going to apply what we've taught them. It's called self-accountability.