I often give my clients newsletters once a month, most of these are with tips or contain articles about fitness etc . I am really wanting to start including “homework” for them though. I feel like it will help both of us achieve their individual goals easier. Do you give out “homework?” How often and what types? Since most of my clients have been here before me I feel like they may not like the changes I am going to implement- such as- bring in your weekend food journal. What are some ways I could perhaps make it fun for them or motivate them to particiapte and complete the assignments?
I have asked for various types of homework in the past, with mixed compliance.
1) Track their own food intake (not required to turn into me)
2) Do at least _____ additional weight workouts and _______ cardio workouts. Report to me what they were and we’ll talk about them.
3) Try ________ fitness class, or one other fitness activity you haven’t tried yet at our gym (i.e. machine circuit, one of the new pieces of equipment, etc.)
4) Repeat the written workout twice so we can talk about what’s working for you and what’s not (For clients who have paid for written workouts that document what we did together)
This depends on the client
I always ask them what they’ve done since I’ve seen them last
If they wear a pedometer I ask to see it
If they are a health coaching client we spend time discussing obstacles/goals etc.
All of my health coaching clients use My Fitness Pal, so I am looking daily at their journals and offering suggestions if need be.
If my client travels, I will give them a very simple workout that can be done in their hotel room.
Hello Missy Reece,
Yes. Every client has their own goals and needs. I make sure to keep open and clear communication, which dictates the homework assignment. The motivating factor is when they start seeing results.
You could also ask your clients what they hope to improve the most and work from there.
Partner drills, skills and games are always very motivating as well as enjoyable.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
My trainer does. Generally, its another workout to complete or to track my nutritional intake.
I suggest giving clients HW so they don’t stray away from their workout regimen.