If you find out after the session that it was too hard or too easy you may be too late. I will start my session off by describing a modified version of the RPE. To find out what their pain tollerence is I will explain what the scale is, what the numbers represent and start them on a controlled modality (treadmill, elliptical). I will watch how their heart rate responds to intensities ask them what number they feel they are at and then check the HR monitor to see where they are actually. This helps me to understand how they respond to exercise intensities to ensure a positive experience.
I ask if I see or sense any negativity. Many people I train are new to exercise and they don’t know what to expect at times. I need to know how they are “feeling” during our sessions so that I can fine tune or modify on the spot
Sometimes I will check in via email or a phone call if I’m sensing something is off.
I always ask my clients how they feel before during and after a workout. Not always with the exact same words but I do want input.
I ask them! We talk openly before, during, and after training sessions. Further, I’m watching for non-verbal signs of a positive or negative experience, and then I ask for clarification.
Also, my clients regularly meet with our director to discuss their training experiences. This gives them an opportunity to talk to somebody else about how they’re doing and can ease any uncomfortable feelings they have with doing it in my presence.
I am a firm believer in open communication between the client and trainer. So, I ask. Having this type of direct feedback from my client is invaluable. It helps me make adjustments to the program based, not only on my “perceptions” of what is going on, but also by how my client is “feeling.” It’s just another piece of information that allows me to “personalize” my clients training experience.