When you are training a client 2-3 times a week, how do you find the right balance between a structured and predictable program vs. a new challenging workout every time. I want my clients to make measurable progress, but I also want to keep my clients guessing and teaching them new things. Clients want to see progress, but that often involves a lot of repetition with certain exercises, but if you are always doing the same thing, your are not really doing a good job of challenging your clients. Any tips?
Yves, there needs to be a measure of structure if one is going to achieve their goals.
This is in line with the SAID principle. Imagine if a person who is training for a specific sport did not have structure–let’s say a sprinter. There needs to be a measure of predictability if one has a specific goal.
One has to also take into consideration the individual’s learning curve. It may mean that you have to linger in a certain program until the individual has learned how to execute the movements effectively. The individual may be new to exercise and may need to hang out in “predictable/structured” program before you can mix things up.
Hope this helps.