I am just about to graduate college with a degree in Ex. Science. I don’t really have any hands on experience. I have to interviews and big gyms. They are asking me to take the managers through a workout routine as if they were new clients. How much of an initial assessment do I do? What should I ask aside from goals, current fitness, health conditions, injuries? Should I just have them do basic exercises? perhaps a bull body workout? If anyone can help me out I do appreciate it. I am quite nervous about these interviews as I am a new trainer. How do you usually go about first workouts with new clients? Thank you greatly.
A fitness PAR-Q is pretty standard in terms of determining what questions to ask, and can easily be found online. One of the things I was taught to implement with the assessment is the Push-pull-squat method in which I would have the client (assuming the health questionnaire ruled out injuries) perform repetitions of a body weight squat while I would monitor his movement pattern, a dumbbell press with light weight watching his/her ability to control the movement at a slower tempo, this exercise proved to be great at helping me identify neuromuscular efficiency. Lastly I would perform a basic cable row and monitor their ability to sit upright, maintain alignment and keep their shoulders “down and back”. This technique helped me build my confidence tremendously as a new trainer and I still implement it now if I deem necessary.
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