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 🙂