Thank you all for the sage advice. These are 2 new clients and I was a little taken aback by the requests. As many of you mentioned, I too have a long time client who I prep ‘vacation workouts’ for because I know she is capable of performing the exercises. I will definitely stay with the safety strategy – I’m better prepared if this ever comes up again.
Hi Lynn, if the client and I did not have this in our contract, I do not feel comfortable in doing so. Usually a program is developed utilizing my studio equipment. If they do not have this same type of equipment, I feel injury can occur. If they are travelling, the hotel probably does not have the same equipment. However with some clients I have trained for years, I have educated them about different equipment and, I will e mail. In most cases a client who asks at the last minute will not do the workout anyway in my experience. A client who signs on with you for e mail programs will make preparations for such. I like success for my clients but, I do not want them injured. In the long run the injury will slow down their success more than a missed exercise session. Good luck. Brian rozzi
just as Susan mentioned, it depends on the situation. It is certainly a legitimate request from a client to want A workout. However, that may not necessarily be the workout for the session you are just conducting.
Often, there is an understanding at the beginning of the training that clients work out on their own. In those cases, I usually provide an exercise program with exercises that clients can safely do themselves. In the sessions with me, I often throw extra challenges at them but may not want that they do this on their own (yet).
It all depends on the reason.
I have long time clients that have been training with me for YEARS and they know proper execution, so yes I will email them exercises if asked
If a NEW clients asks, I won’t do it because I don’t know them well enough and visa versa
With todays technology, it’s not that uncommon to use phones for pics and email for exercises.
I have an in home training business and in my own experience for most occasions I would have to say that sending workouts by e-mail is a bad idea. However I can understand that sometimes you get put in a difficult spot. Actually, quite recently I came down with a stomach flu and I did send some of the clients I have been working with for quite a while exercise routines to work through. Now I found that due to the friendship I had already built with them through time they were more than understanding that this was a one time thing. As well I made sure the routines were exercises they were more than able to handle. As for the clients I hadn’t been working with that long I either gave a plan to another trainer I knew to work through with them, or I set a new date for a couple days down the road when I was feeling better.