We are about to start a program that will require at least 600 fitness assessments on top of the traditional, comprehensive assessments we do for our personal training clients. We have been researching what is on the market but it’s quite expensive. What methods are you current using/would you recommend or that you would not recommend? Thanks for your help!
I create “lesson plans” using paper and pen. If you want to digitalise them (e.g. if you’ve created a one page lesson plan with stick figures and short descriptions, you can take a photo of them with your smartphone and drag/drop the image into a note (e.g. “Client XYZ Note”) within Evernote. If you purchase the premium version of Evernote you have the ability to share the Note with your Client. You could put 100’s of their lesson plans on that one note. As soon as you add the lesson plan your Client will immediately receive it on their computer’s Evernote. This obviously keeps you and your Client really organised.
This Evernote thing may sound technical, but if you go to Youtube and type something like “How to use Evernote”, you’ll be an expert within less than an hour.
Having said all that…
To save time when creating yoga lesson plans, I created a software (I’m a yoga teacher, software developer and website designer) called The 15 Minute Yoga Lesson Planner which is available at http://georgewatts.org/yoga-lesson-plans/. Even though I initially created the software for myself, over 1000 yoga teacher worldwide now use it.
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AFAA has a number of good assessment forms in their manual. ACE also has a number of fitness assessment forms available. However, creating an assessment unique to each of your clients can be especially helpful when designing the client’s training program. It may not give you an estimated VO2 max, or %body fat, but they not be an important measurement.
I like www.exrx.net . I use it for most of the fitness assessments which I perform on my clients and it’s pretty accurate and efficient. I also use other formats as well, such as various military fitness tests and a couple which I have developed and use for a specific type of population that I train who are not interested so much in BF%, but rather on fitness performance and conditioning (I use this for a specific number of my tactical athletes/clients).