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?
You’ve gotten some great answers here already! I’ll add that I always look at client goals, orthopedic/health issues, and (like Harris mentioned), the type of environment they will workout out in. This is important because the client comes to you for knowledge on an exercise program, but they will need to be accountable for their own workouts as well. It helps to get an idea of where they will be working out on their own and what types of equipment they have. Home, gym, or outside? You can then plan their program around all of those things mentioned.
In addition, I tend to balance what my client wants with what my client needs. I would also keep in mind that you want to progress your client slowly and based on his or her abilities. Have both progressions, and regressions, in mind. Some exercises can be kept the same–that way you can see the progression on strength, etc. But, you can also add some variety of exercises to mix things up. It really depends on your client’s goals. Keep in mind that you may get bored before your client does! 🙂
Good luck–you will feel more comfortable as time goes on…