I’m a newly certified trainer, at age 50, and I have a friend who I’m helping get started on a fitness program. I was thinking of starting her out on the machines, like I was 12 years ago. Mostly to get her comfortable with them so she can use them when I’m not around and also to just get her familiar with how all the muscles work individually. Would you say that’s the correct way to approach it? I’m only asking cause I don’t use machines anymore except for the back sometimes. I like more of the body weight functional exercises.
I often took that approach when I first got started as a personal trainer 18 years ago, and I realize now that I may not have served my clients well, even though it was the best I knew then.
Scores of people are still started off that way in gyms today.
How good are you at fitness assessment, particularly the musculoskeletal portion? This should ultimately inform the way you approach the program design. I tend to start novices to fitness training with instruction to work on core stability first, and I include the shoulder girdle and hip movement in that definition.
Machines often give a false sense of security – to the client AND the trainer. Whether it is the best way for your client to start is ultimately for you to decide after you have weighed all the options.
I wish you success.