I will only monitor them on the treadmill, bike, stair climber or any other cardio equipment if it’s part of their workout and it’s done during the hour they are paying for. If they do the treadmill any other time, then I might give them some directions and/or tips (if needed), otherwise they are on their own.
Use monitored treadmill time to visit with the client about goals and objectives, nutrition status, workout progress and challenges. Standing by also gives you the ability to monitor heart rate, rating of perceived exertion (RPE), incline, speed, their ability to talk and exercise . . . If you recently performed an assessment, they may be able to listen and review a summary of the results. It’s a good time to have them increase their heart rate while getting the chance to visit with them to build your personal relationship with them. Sometimes it’s hard to do that in a strength training or interval training session because you’re cuing motions, administering the workout, etc.
I use the treadmill for client assessment and some of my clients do their cardio on a treadmill, but I have never had a client do 30 minutes on the treadmill during a paid session with me.
When I’m assessing, I assess from all four sides of the client.
Most of my clients choose to warm up before meeting with me so they can get the most out of their hour. But if a client is warming up on the treadmill with me, I stand in front of the treadmill so we are face to face and I can talk with them easily without them having to turn to see me.