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.
As previously stated, I have conducted fitness assessments first and depending on the client I will do a mix of body weight, free weights and machines or just body weight and machines or free weights and machines. If I have them using machines then I transition them after 2-3 weeks off the machine. Also, definitely feed them with your knowledge because I have come to realize some clients don’t know and/or understand why you as a fitness professional do what you do and they just go along with the flow. If they know the reason behind your method most times they feel very comfortable and may want to advance themselves without you asking them.