Hello Idea Community!
There are just a few questions that I would like to ask. Based on your professional experiences. What is the most practical way you record, organize, store your clients program and session information. If you work for a corporate gym, there is usually policies in place for that issue, but how about a facility owner or mobile trainer? Do you keep records digitally and upload information on a password protected computer, use personal training software, or keep written records and keep them somewhere safe? If you use software, which ones do you prefer? I am looking for new, more thorough software.
Also, besides assessment data and workout plans, do you record any subjective observations during a session? If so, what observations do like to record? Do you ask specific questions about the clients physical or emotional state coming into the session? Personally, I like asking about sleep, stress, and what or if they have eaten anything. Have you found any favorite questions? Are these things you should, or shouldn’t do, is it necessary? Thank you for your time and opinions!
I’m with Kurt on the written records. I like to have my workout records on paper, so that I can make adjustments and notes easily. I have yet to find any apps that are flexible enough to let me make quick changes without having to stop the workout or fumble around during the workout.
I always make an electronic version of the records after the workout. first, so that I have a backup of their records, and second, so that I can reuse the workout with other clients if it’s applicable.I have created my own little database and font-end for recording them, so that they are searchable based on client goals, phase, body part, etc.
I often take notes during workouts. They are usually quick notes about form, particularly tight muscles, or whether or not the client needed help with any of their reps. I find these help me determine what pre-exercise cues I’m going to give the client on the next set or in the next session.
I definitely ask about eating. This is in part son I know what to expect in the current workout, but also so I know whether I need to send them a pre-workout message reminding them to eat before our session. I have found that what a person has eaten before their workout with me is among the most important predictors of how they are going to perform.