Hello Joanne… I love this question. Thanks for asking such an important one. I actually use a very practical, innovative and science based approach that has been developed and proven in many countries around the world, by a variety of different types of trainers. It can be found in the PTA GLOBAL educational curriculum. You can look them up on Fitness Connect… Look for PTA GLOBAL and go specifically to their “Personal Trainer Bridging Course” & “Advanced Personal Training” Course.
These courses collectively provide an already certified trainer the following:
1- A 5-8 minute behavioral questionnaire that tells a trainer what a client’s behavioral patterns are, their goal, why that goal is important to them, what type of training they want and will help them be most compliant as well as what level of ability they have,
2- over 800 programs that are specifically tailored to match all the information in the behavioral questionnaire by meeting the client’s: a) goal, b) their preferred style of training – what type of workout best matches their behavioral patterns and personality and c) their level of ability.
3- A fantastic system for progressing & regressing any exercise in all 3-dimensions (not the same as 3 planes)
4- A movement observation you can use each session that can also be a warm-up for the client
5- The only organized, systematic & holistic process to determine a client’s “daily readiness” – this allows us a trainers to determine how much stress the client is under each day we train them – and then the course will show you specifically how to manipulate a program to match their stress on that day.
This stuff is VERY “personalized” so you can tailor a program to every client in every session.
I hope this helps Joanne and thank you again for helping us with this great question. 😉