I just got NCSF certified and am trying to figure out where to go from here. I have a fair amount of personal experience (extremely physically active and in sports since early childhood, been doing personal training as a client for a little more than a year, been instructing some people on techniques in Judo and archery) but I don’t yet have much confidence as my ability as a trainer. I’m afraid that I’ll get a client and won’t know how to help them; what they need or what exercises to do with them.
I understand the only way to have experience is to jump in and get experience but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions/ advice on how to do that, a good course of action from here, advice in general, etc..
It would be better if you found someone with experience and talked to them about how you plan to work with a client from the paperwork to the first session to the next few sessions. It would be good to create an outline of your initial client interview and screenings/assessments. Create a packet of your forms, history, risk factors, etc. And while you shouldn’t have all clients use the same program design, initially you should have all clients begin with ROM exercises/foundation movements. Many instructors skip this, but it is very important to know how well your clients move.
All of that takes time, but doing it will have you well prepared for your clients. If you want to do some email discussions on this, check out my website at www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com . You can contact me through the website or use the email address posted on the website.
I wish you much success.