I am new to the fitness industry, i have an important question to ask
If i was to train a beginner client who has no experience in the gym and their goal was to increase muscle or build strength. The best approach for that goal will be prescribing a full body muscle building program. Now i know i said full body program is the best approach but is that the first thing i train the client on ? after i meet the client for the first time and do all assessments on him/her ( fitness, posture, nutrition, strength, flexibility assessments) after that first day when he/she comes back and is ready for day 1 of training with me do i train the client from that day and on wards using the fullbody muscle building program that i created based on all results i got from assessments ? and another question if i was to train that person 2 or 3 times a week would i need to make different full body muscle building programs for each day using similar format ? or do i train the client 2 or 3 times a week using same program for each day
Thank you very much for sharing such great info. Ok so i do workout myself and i do understand different medical conditions and what i have to do in regards to those type of conditions. What i get confused about isnt that its just when i meet the client for the first time this is what i have in mind. First day is Pre exercise questionnaire to check on current health and medical conditions and after that i do fitness assessments. Now the next time i see them i start immediately with the training programs i created for that client. Do need to do anything before starting the program since i checked their health and fitness level etc ? and in regards to training routines for a beginner client that i train 3 times a week i will be training them based on 3 different exercise programs but with the same format and level of difficulty e.g legs, chest, back, shoulders, abs, lower back. Do you think thats a good approach ?
You can use cardio interval between sets of very exercise. or leave part of the session for just cardio.
Now you have your strength and cardio plan together, if you training the client twice a week, go ahead and split the program in two. Three times a week you can do lower, upper, core. Four days, you can do chest/ back, bi/legs and abs/shoulder for example.
As I said there is many ways to go about this.
Best way is to look at your client write down that they need as far as all component of fitness and plan from there. keeping in mind what they want and like to do and how hard they want to work. You have to experiment as well.
I hope I answered you question. at the end of the day you should feel that your client is enjoying the workout, they are getting stronger more flexible and that they know more about fitness than the average person in the gym, because you taught them everything they need to know to be successful.
Great that you are starting out as a new trainer! Lots of opportunities to learn, grow and teach. Good luck!
But my.concern that I am just still worried about is I know how to make programs for each goal based on medical conditions and clients wants and needs but before that when I do the assessments and measurements do I start after that day on the program I made or do I make a body conditioning program as well to see the Clients weaknesses than after about 2-3 weeks after examining twice.a week for 2-3 weeks using the body conditioning program I than start with the actual muscle building fullbody program that I made.
And one other question What should day 1 involve not day 1 of training but before that when u meet the client and ask questions should it involve all assessments, pre exercise questionaire and a quick workout or no workout since its time consuming but that quick workout shouldnt it be a goos idea doing the body conditioning program on that day than after that start training the client using fullbody muscle building program
You also have to use your own judgment and be very observing of each particular client's needs and wants. Some clients prefer to have a completely new workout each session and get very bored easily. Others are the complete opposite. The way I see it, the initial assessment is just that: an initial assessment. I still assess a client every session that we have because if he or she is progressing (or regressing), their training needs to be adjusted accordingly. Clearly, I don't do full-blown assessments in every session; what I mean by that is that I take notes and make sure to know what has changed for that particular client.
For the most part, I design whole body workout programs that emphasize on legs, chest, and back. I spend very little time, if any, on isolated bicep or tricep exercises, since those are thoroughly used in major upper-body exercises (such as push-ups, lat pull-downs, etc.)
I also integrate HIIT segments in between exercises. Google "HIIT" or "Tabata". I get creative on those and don't necessarily plan them since I know them in my head and I can pull them out whenever I want or need them.
you say that you are new to the industry but I assume that you have been working out for yourself for a while. Your profile has not been completed. I assume that you have a personal trainer certification.
After reading your initial question and then your secondary one where you are asking about the assessment process and medical concerns, I wonder how experienced you are about assessments. Your question implies to me that you do not have a road map on how to start a training program at all.
Here's what I do: when I first meet a client, I review the medical and exercise questionnaire that the client has completed. There are usually questions based on that to get a clearer picture. Even though I have an outline for my assessment, I may change that based on the answers on the questionnaire. For example, if the client indicates shoulder problems, I take some assessment out of the plan.
Personally, I do not do a workout the same day I do an assessment because I need time to sit down and think about what I saw and heard.
If I train a beginner who has not done any weight training, my first workout is usually an extension of my assessment. I never saw a person without imbalances, and those I explore further. Even if a client expresses a wish to 'build muscle' if they are inexperienced, I tend to start with stabilization exercises to lay a foundation before I start adding greater loads.
Even in the stabilization phase, there are many creative exercises to ensure that the client does not get bored. I also tend to change those workouts a lot to challenge the body in different ways and also get a chance to observe the way the client responds.
Train the brain first people.
When i do start, i use weight i know the client should be able to lift based on their body weight. i use perceived exercertion and their heart rate to determine if each exercise is correct for them. i like each exercise session to end on a positive note. i work on adjusting the client to using a tape measure and skin fold as tool of success as opposed to the scale. water weight can play games with peoples head. i try to use the same program and progress it as it is a good tool to show them how far they have progressed. however, i do change programs when needed. of course this program is designed for their established goal.i keep notes and past training sheets. people can sometime forget how far they have come. i do not hesitate to show them. this keeps respect for the trainer and, motivates the client not to give up.