with small group training, 3-6 clients once a week, do you give them a copy of the workout
I have a small group of clients that I meet with once a week. They are all mom's that like small group training for the social interaction, as well as the lower cost. They all have the same obvious goal of losing weight and getting back in shape after having kids. Because they are only able to meet once a week, would you suggest giving them a copy of the workout I put them thru so that they can perform the workout at home during the week?
I have done the same in the past for clients who trained with me once a week. If you feel comfortable they will do the exercises correctly and don't get injured, then it's a good idea. If not, you could give them a few easy exercises (especially if they are new clients or have low fitness level) to do when they are alone. If they like to workout as a group they will actually push and support each other even when you are not around.
on the assumption that you are not doing the same thing every week, I would give them a base workout to do themselves but would make sure that I vary from it during the workouts that you supervise.
I would definitely give them guidance on what they should be doing on their own, since training just once a week won't deliver the results they'd like. You can start with a simple interval cardio regimen if they're new to resistance training. If they know their way around a gym, I'd give them some clear illustrated instructions for at least one other session of resistance training during the week. That will significantly increase their results and your value. :)
I believe that the best training program as both a) consistency: (same workout, once per week for a 4-6 weeks) so progress is easily measured, form and technique better mastered, and b) variety: for keeping things fresh, avoiding plateaus, and for fun!
I usually have a workout that is the same for the group, so they can complete it together if they so desire, or on their own. I then give different clients progressions or modifications depending on their fitness level. This gives each of them a way to make the workout their own.
It depends; if I feel comfortable that they are using proper form, yes.
If they need more guidance, I give them a program I know they will be able to handle safely on their own.
Everyone needs to take up the slack somehow.
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I consider how well they perform when we are together. If the group is advancing well together I sometimes offer them modified take home w/o's.
I only do modified as most will not observe the stringent techniques I require when they are present on session.
I want my people to advance! I don't want to be their crutch, keeping their training dollars flowing while they receive minimal benefit. Call me crazy but, I want them to advance and blow away the program's I give them to speed their TOTAL advancement.
My thought is; they will remember who helped them, they will communicate this fact to whoever is giving them a complement, they are MY WALKING BILLBOARDS! IF THEY DON'T LOOK GOOD, I DON'T either.
If this is something you decide to do. Center the "take home" w/o around core strengthening, some isometric's. I t will definitely get them in tune with self and make them more aware of personal limitations while offering them info to pass by you on the next visit.
Many times I have given my clients a workout and am "horrified" as to their interpretation even after going over it with them in detail!