What a great thought provoking question! I usually meet with all my clients before any assessments. At that time we go through paperwork, discuss what they want to gain from training, set a broader initial goal that we narrow down during later sessions, discuss their prior exercise, medical and diet history. It gives us both a chance to evaluate, whether or not we are a good fit and if we can achieve success together.
The assessment comes during their first session. And like Harris mentioned, depends on what their goals are, their demographic and their prior history.
So I guess you could say, I use the evaluation up front to see if I can add value to what they are already doing, have done in the past or where they want to go.
Thanks for the great question! And all the answers.
Great thoughts everyone, and thanks for the comment Joanne. I think we should definitely evaluate our assessments for appropriateness and quality. For example, a fitness assessment for an athlete should differ from one designed for seniors. In each case, we’d be measuring different abilities and comparing those respective measurements to different sets of standards in order to use the results to develop a program and goals for two very different clients. I think one’s ability to provide a quality fitness assessment improves over time like a lot of skills. For example, the more body fat tests you do using calipers, the better you become at giving an accurate test. Finally, I think we need to make sure assessments are comprehensive (as Karin said) and that we are able to duplicate them to measure changes and progress as accurately as possible over time.
that is exactly what I meant when I said that one can choose to operate and make a distinction. By the same token, one can just as well say the I have a quality assessment of a fitness assessment (or replace with the word evaluation if you want). These are two different processes, the second one having the meaning of quality control.
If I had staff, particularly new hires, I would most certainly look at their fitness assessments and make sure that they are done comprehensively (and who cares what you call that).