I'm planning on going on Maternity leave with my first child in May. What have others done in regards to covering clients?
I planned on taking about 6 weeks off, and I obviously can't expect my clients to be on hold for 6 weeks, but I'm not sure how to round up one or two trainers to take on my weekly clients and if I can do so, how should I pay them? should my clients pay them? I'm not sure how to plan for it.
can you not expect your clients to work out on their own for 6 weeks? This is the kind of period for which I would design a maintenance routine and maybe a cardio challenge if applicable.
I know that none of my clients would even entertain the thought of training with somebody else, and if you are just 'rounding up one or two trainers' then you are devaluing your relationship with your clients because it says to them that it really does not matter who they train with.
I wish you well.
Talk to your clients about this and by all means if you decide to have another trainer take over, make sure you allow enough time to introduce all parties involved and it's essential that you too stay involved at some level for it would be a drag to loose clients over this.
If you choose to find trainers, use Fitness Connect and start interviewing.
Pay is between you and the trainer to decide.
If I was in your position and had plans for my clients to trained by someone else, it would need to be someone I knew well and trusted. Do you work with or know other trainers close by that you respect? If so, you could have them shadow you and the client(s) they’d be paired with for a session or two. Obviously you’d first want to make sure your client(s) approved of this idea. Assuming they did, this option would ensure their “temporary trainer” understood how you facilitated your sessions. Also, the temporary trainer would probably gain some valuable insight into what a particular client was capable of.
Another option would be to grab a cup of coffee/tea/etc. with your clients and the temporary trainer either individually (you, temp trainer, & client) or all together (you, temp trainer, & all clients). Everyone could chat and ask questions ensuring all parties were on the same page prior to any actual training.
Karin does bring up a good point, though. Assuming your clients would be motivated enough to exercise on their own, designing “a maintenance routine” could be one of your best options. Do you think that they’d adhere to a regular program for six weeks without you there?
It’s tough to answer your question about payment. My best recommendation would be to see what your clients feel most comfortable with and, if you can, go with that.
Keeping everyone happy (and healthy) while you’re on maternity leave would equal a BIG success in my opinion. Please let me know if you have any other questions and I’d be happy to help.
If this is your first time having a baby, you may need to see what will happen. I always have Plan- A- B & -C......Thankfully, my plan A worked with the second child & plan B worked with my 3rd!
I can share what I did but keep in mind what worked for me may or may not work for you.
After I had # 2 I was able to go back within 2 weeks, no problems. I did make sure to keep in contact with my clients while I was gone.
After I had #3, that plan wouldn't have worked because of unexpected complications with the baby. After about 3 weeks and baby recovering, I started training a handful of clients just one time per week, max of 30 min sessions. This was so I could get everyone in, keep them motivated and adjust their programs.
During those few weeks I was away with both babies, I kept in contact with the majority of clients and encouraged group classes or workout buddies, if they could not workout on their own.
I offered other trainers to many but my clients did not want another trainer. We had established a relationship, bond and friendship which is hard to replace. Nobody can be you!
Good luck to you and I hope all goes well!
I would plan workouts for the clients to do on their own until I return. They will always be able to call you, right? I am positive that your clients understand and are excited for you; so, they will help out.
Maybe you could adjust some schedules, too.
I hope all goes well with the delivery.
When I had child number 2, I was back training clients within 2 weeks. I gave them maintence programs to continue while I was away and kept in contact via email to see how they were doing. I also told them that I would have the baby with me during our sessions (in a carseat, sling or bouncy seat). Most were ok with this, but I also do in home personal training so it was easier to bring baby with me. While this worked for everyone, I was certainly tired and exhausted and honestly, should have spent more time at home with baby recovering. On the other side, almost all my clients said they were inspired to push themselves a little harder (if I could be back in two weeks after having a baby. They could do an extra rep!).
With child number 3, I took 6-8 weeks off. I gave all my clients a maintence program and stayed in touch with them weekly through email and by phone. I also changed a few programs based on their needs/feedback while I was on leave. They all understood and stayed with me through my leave.
I'd say its great to have a plan before you go on leave. I'd caution using another trainer for the same reasons mentioned above. And be ready to have more than one option for after baby comes. You can never really know how you or the baby are going to respond to this new chapter till you've embarked upon it.
Good luck! And Congratulations!