I am an ISSA certified, I trained a lot of friends, but not I am doing it professionally for the first time, So, After the orientation and PARQs.. what shall i do on the first session..?
My client will have a fat loss goal..So on our first practical gym session I am thinking of doing a full body conditioning routine to detect his body movements and weak/strong areas….
Do you guys follow a structure with ur new clients ? or a blue print ?
Hi Hisham. In my opinion, there is no ‘blue print’ in training a client – whether it’s their first session or they’ve been training with you for years. The key is to ‘listen’ and pay attention to what you’ve heard (or read if you’re looking at their completed forms). This will tell you everything that you need to know about how to work with them!
In my opinion (and practice), I use my first session as a “getting to know you” session, and so try to include a full-body workout, targeting major muscle groups, movement and cardio. I ALWAYS tell my new client that their feedback is vital – particularly in the early stages as we are getting to know one another; and I solicit it several times throughout the session (e.g. “how does that feel?” “where do you feel that?”; “do you consider this to be easy, difficult or middle of the road?” etc.).
You say that you’ve trained friends in the past, so use that knowledge and experience to make a FUN and challenging workout for your new client. Always keep in mind their specific goals, condition and limitations, and don’t be afraid to laugh with your client and show them that you are enjoying the experience as much as they are!
My two cents 🙂
As LaRue said, there is no blue print on what to do on the first session. Personally, I use the first session as a subjective movement assessment on everyone I train, looking for imbalances, weakness, or “unmentioned injuries” that show with certain movements.
Again “personally”, I complete a full body workout (movement based) that consist of dynamic exercise, core/ab exercises, pull, squat/hinge, push, lunge/single stance, and a metabolic/conditioning exercise.
Also, keep it basic; do exercises that you are comfortable with, and that will allow you to regress/progress if necessary.
Hope this helps, good luck!!
Hello Hisham El Sherbiny,
I do a thorough consultation with all clients, while the client is boss.
Meaning, the client answers only questions they want to, and only do the fitness assessments that they choose.
Everyone is so different that the forms are a guide.
I listen to what the client wants and explain to them what that will take.
Thanks guys for the feedback,
I agree, I will start first session as a “get to know” so i “see” how they perform and gauge their performance.
Now, for this client, He is 175 Cm and is 95 KG.. I have not met him yet but he told me he wants a fat/weight loss is his main goal.
Being a trainer, I do not agree on just fat-loss, I want to “fix” his body.. but here is what i have in mind:
Each stage will run for 4 weeks (2-3 times/week)
 Stage one: Aerobic exercises and body conditioning
 Stage Two:Aerobic/HiiT/Calisthenics training to burn fat
 Stage Three: Body building “weights and advanced s=resistance training”
How does this sound?
On stage 1 and 2, I am working on his “wants”, and stage 3, I will be working on his “needs”
I checked your profile and web site and it says that you have 7-8 years of experience in training. You are also teaching group and/or boot camp classes as well. This means you must have encounter similar cases as your current client, so best way to approach this is to follow your instinct and experience you have gained so far from training your friends and/or clients so you can help your new client. If you follow the suggestions that the others posted here, it will provide you with a good base and all the information you need to design the best program as possible. Only you know this client and have done the assessment on him, so you are the one who has the best information in hand to help him reach his goals.
I agree with you that it should not be all about fat loss but rather an overall improvement of his fitness level and that is what you should use as your starting point.