If you are unsure about program design (many new and some experienced trainers struggle with program design), I recommend you take a CEC course for becoming proficient at assessment, program design, and program adjustment.
I teach classes for those wishing to become Fitness Instructors. We spend quite a bit of time on these subjects, both in the classroom and in practical experience. Education is the most important part of any professionals efforts to improve their services to their clients.
When considering designing a program for someone, there are many variables to consider. I don’t think an article will do program design justice, and it takes some background knowledge in basic science and experience to help along with the process. If you are talking about the basics, Essentials of Strength and Conditioning textbook has a decent layout of the variables to consider. Each certifying agency will probably have a different way of designing programs.
I’m with Karin on this one. Once you have these factors in place then you can create a personalized program for the client. Yes, there are guidelines to follow provided by various certifications and organizations, but at the end it all comes down to the 3 factors Karin mentioned. I hope this helps with answering your question.
your question is too broad. When designing a fitness program, there are a few factors that play into it:
– the results of the screening
– the goals of the client
– the environment in which the client wishes to train
Program designs are different for a marathon or short distance runner, for a person recovering from an injury and a budding athlete.