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.
Every program I design has a certain amount of rgidity and structure to address the client’s needs and interests. But within that structure there is always room for progression/regression, modification, re-evaluation, etc. I read a client’s body language and adjust to what I interpret as well as come right out and ask about what I am picking up. Rapport and communication are very important components of any relationship/interaction. I also use cueing and motivational communication to take the boredom out of exercises that may have lost their luster with the client. There are unlimited ways to freshen up a routine.
It really depends on the client, their body awareness level, and their goals. For some clients, I can’t vary the exercises too much because their body awareness is so low that when I seen them just once a week, their muscle memory is low and we have to start over. Other clients are paying me specifically for variety so that they can have options of things to do when they’re not with me.
My workouts are always evolving. Depending on the client’s needs and goals as well the time they have available, I’ll design a program that it will constantly change and evolve. I’ll throw new variables in their training (tires, kettlebells, ropes, etc.) and also change the terrain where they workout (hills, grass, sand, indoor/outdoor, urban or open field, etc.). I never tell them where they will be working out till the day before. Sometimes it involves a lot of running and other times it doesn’t. It’s always tailored to their goals and at the same time they’ll get a lot of exposure to many different methods of training…never a dull moment.