I hear some fitness organizations boast that they “never have their clients do the same workout twice,” while other reputable organizations promote using periodization training to create adaptation in the body, followed by the shock of change in the next phase. I get confused over which method is better, or if it’s a combination of the two ideas that works best.
A lot of good advice from everyone here. I wanted to mention that I encourage my clients to focus on “Fat Loss” as opposed to “Weight Loss” and that their goal should be altering their body composition, ie: decreasing body fat percentage while increasing lean muscle, with a combination of resistance and cardiovascular training.
I like to design programs for my 1 on 1 and group fitness clients that utilize compound movements as opposed to isolated movements, training in all 3 planes of motion, preferably with their own bodyweight and external resistance, ie: Medicine Balls, TRX, Resistance/Super Bands, Dumbbells, Barbells, Stability Ball, etc…
I also utilize “Metabolic Conditioning” in my design programming, which studies have shown increase post calorie “after burn” or EPOC (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) I keep the duration of the sessions to 30 minutes maximum time. Needless to say proper nutrition in conjunction with smart training will yield optimum results, you can not out train a bad diet 🙂