My clients are all over the map with what they are able to accomplish in fitness during the week between our sessions… with both injury prevention in mind and the clients’ desire for change and growth, it is paramount to keep the sessions challenging and yet safe. Are most trainers providing “home programs” for their clients? And if so, is this customarily a separate charge?
I agree with everyone here, we are not responsible for what our clients do outside of our training sessions with them. However, I take a different approach. I only work in-person with my clients once a week and during that time give them instruction and set goals for what they will do for the entire week. for this to work properly, they must keep a fitness diary where we write out the goals for each workout they will do and then they record what they actually did without me. I even have them wear a heart rate monitor and accelerometer so I can monitor intensity. This approach keeps them focused during their non-training workouts and puts the respnsibility back on their shoulders, where it belongs. Because of this approach, I do not charge an hourly fee for my programs, but program fee for the entire program (which I break down into monthly payments). This keeps their focus off of what I charge per hour, and more on what they get for their program. I also offer phone and email support during the week if they have any questions about exercises they will be doing alone.