Do you give your clients a full body workout each session, or do you split your routines up into upper body one day, lower body another day, or alternate upper and lower body exercises each day while working different muscle groups each session so that by the end of your second day session the entire body has been covered? I’ve heard people mention doing push muscles during one session, then pull muscles during the second day session. Which muscles would be considered push muscles, and which would be considered pull muscles to design a class this way?
For me it depends on the client, their assessment and where we are in their training. For some clients, their assessment dictates that we do a full body workout each time to enhance ROM, core stability, balance or other issues before progressing. For other clients, their assessment may have shown musculare imbalances that dictate we focus on a specific area, then the next session we’ll focus on the other area. For clients that have trained with me for awhile and I know they’re good at completing their “homework”, we may train upper body one day, lower the next. It just depends on the client, their goals, their assessment, etc. I guess you could say, there is no wrong or right way to train (full body vs. split sessions), it just depends on the client.
I give my clients what they need or ask for.
I do not pre decide the workout although I arrive prepared mentally for anything
I can’t tell you how many times I have arrived to train and my client has a list of issues which means I must think on my feet and be able to give them workout they need on that day.
It all depends on the clients and their goals. With some I do full-body workouts while with others I do splits or just cardio or work with only one piece of equipment and hit multiple muscle groups (for example using kettlebells or ropes or bands or medicine balls or body weight, etc.). You should be able to figure out what that routine is, after doing their assessment. Some want to lose weight and BF others train for a specific event.
I wish I could be more specific, but without knowing what your client’s goals are it’s hard to do so. LaRue gave you a good explanation of some pull and push muscles.
Hi Melissa. In my practice, I generally conduct a full-body workout each time I meet with my client (of course there are some exceptions). Because most clients don’t want to, nor can afford, to see me every day (or even to be in the gym everyday for that matter), conducting a full-body workout each time we meet (generally every OTHER day) is preferable to working only one set of muscles and then waiting a couple of days for the next set. Same answer for push-pull or upper-lower.
An example of ‘push’ muscles are the chest muscles, and of ‘pull’ muscles would be your back.
I hope that this helps.
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