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.