If i was to train a beginner client who has no experience in the gym and their goal was to increase muscle or build strength. The best approach for that goal will be prescribing a full body muscle building program. Now i know i said full body program is the best approach but is that the first thing i train the client on ? after i meet the client for the first time and do all assessments on him/her ( fitness, posture, nutrition, strength, flexibility assessments) after that first day when he/she comes back and is ready for day 1 of training with me do i train the client from that day and on wards using the fullbody muscle building program that i created based on all results i got from assessments ? and another question if i was to train that person 2 or 3 times a week would i need to make different full body muscle building programs for each day using similar format ? or do i train the client 2 or 3 times a week using same program for each day
All have valid points. i have been personal training for30+ years. i do get health history and proper paperwork signed but perception and questions and, age must be considered too. many client do not have realistic dreams or, they do not know how hard it can be to achieve them. since i value my reputation, i do not lie. i talk truth. i give them reasonable goals that they can achieve. i never start the same day either as i need time to think.
When i do start, i use weight i know the client should be able to lift based on their body weight. i use perceived exercertion and their heart rate to determine if each exercise is correct for them. i like each exercise session to end on a positive note. i work on adjusting the client to using a tape measure and skin fold as tool of success as opposed to the scale. water weight can play games with peoples head. i try to use the same program and progress it as it is a good tool to show them how far they have progressed. however, i do change programs when needed. of course this program is designed for their established goal.i keep notes and past training sheets. people can sometime forget how far they have come. i do not hesitate to show them. this keeps respect for the trainer and, motivates the client not to give up.