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?
Hello Missy Reece,
Just because you get bored easily, doesn’t mean your clients do. A half hour is not much time to fit everything in; so, I would alternate exercises between workouts to get the clients into a routine of hitting the entire body. They do take this information home.
Talking with the students at the end of the workout will also disclose what they need, enjoy or want incorporated. When the clients become comfortable around each other, they will express how they are feeling during class and brainstorm among themselves, within trainer’s earshot, which is how I love to work: think fast on the feet. Many times I go in with a program, only to change things on the spot, according to who shows up and what they need, want or display. Look at that, another workout is now designed, almost by itself.
I keep record of all workouts, and after a while only need to tweak something here or there for variety. I also like to use partner drills and games for the enjoyment factor.
I hope this helps you.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.