I work with most of my clients in a pool two times a week for 30 minute sessions. Since it is only twice a week for what I feel isn’t too long of a time frame I always try to do workouts that incorporate both strength training and cardio. I tend to use what has worked for me as well as other resources to come up with ideas for desigining each of their sessions (as well as what their individual needs are, goals are etc). That being said though I really would like to know how you come up with designing your clients workouts. This seems to be the hardest thing for me to do so I am wondering what kind of process you each go through to make something that works. I am the kind of person that gets bored quickly but I have also read that you aren’t suppose to change up routines too often (maybe every three-four weeks). I want to be effective but not repetitive either. How do you come up with your sessions/workouts? Do you have any suggestions?
All of my clients are different, so it’s hard to give you an exact planning method, but here is what I generally do.
Assessment – what are they already good at and what aren’t they good at? Do they have any injuries they’re guarding, or poor movement patterns that need to be corrected? Any skills that need to be relearned? Our first sessions are built around what I see when I assess them, plus their goals.
How do I fit in? We go over what else a client is doing besides training with me. For example, I’ll go over recommendations for cardio, strength, balance and flexibility training on a weekly basis. Then we go from what’s “ideal” to what the client is willing to actually commit to (sometimes much less for someone who is just starting out and I want to set them up to succeed little bits at a time). We make a mental or written checklist of the number and types of workouts they’re going to do a week, and what they’re going to work on with me. Most of my clients use me for strength training, either one on one or in small groups.
For the few clients who have multiple trainers (I have two people who travel a lot so their schedules are sporadic and they use me as well as other private trainers at other clubs). when I meet with them, they’ll tell me what they’ve had time to do that week and I’ll come up with a workout that complements what they’ve already done. There’s no template for how to do that, it’s just fast-thinking. You get better at it with experience in both general training and with that client’s body.