That is a great question Joanne! As a holistic wellness coach for women and children, I use the “whole-person” approach which includes physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, environmental, and social aspects. Every new clients fills out a customized Wheel of Life assessment to determine how happy they are with different parts of their life. Then, we set goals using a Goals-Action-Plan chart that I have created. Once we see where we are and where we want to go, we conduct a fitness assessment and determine the best “eating” and “moving” regimen for this particular client.
Creating the personalized positive eating and moving program for my clients in the beginning is the easiest part of my job. Once they have the initial program down, my ultimate goal (other than tweaking the program and creating new ones as needed) is to keep them motivated by sending them a Daily Challenge and doing a random check-in between sessions.
I will have them perform a series of assessments:
1. overhead squat assessment for muscular imbalance test
2. sub max VO2 for cardio assessment
3. Push up test for upper body strength baseline
4. Plank (reg or modified) test to find baseline for core stability
After collecting the information I follow a periodized plan that is non linear in progression. It makes it easy for me as a trainer to stay on track, for the client it helps to comprehend muscle confusion and how to effectively use acute variables in their program.