As a new trainer I’m reading a ton of different books and articles on creating workouts and programming and different ways trainers create their workouts and programs for clients. With each one I get caught up in it and feel mine should be created that way, when instead I strive to build confidence in my own workouts and how I would initially plan a program. My question is how did you (more established trainers) come into your own in planning your clients programming?
I went through the same thing when I started training, so I understand how you feel. It can be an overwhelming process at first. Congratulations on your new certification–and t is great that you have been reading more and feel prepared to develop various programs for your clients.
The right way to develop a program is what feels right for you and the client. Let your client’s health history, goals, workout “personality” –with regard to likes and dislikes–guide you in program design. Also, you can have a plan A, but sometimes it’s ok and necessary to go to plan B. One thing that has helped me is to really build rapport and make connections with my clients. When you really understand them it will become easier for you.
You will feel more confident the more you train! Good luck to you!