Currently, I use tons of books, educational material, ptonthenet, seminar and workshop info, have asked other trainers for help, and do not have enough people where I can do expensive software. I am looking to maximize my options for client program design and just come up with the best I can offer. Some days it can be overwhelming with looking through tons of books to come up with a great plan for each session. My clients love what I come up with but I’d like to know what people use that is free but great quality.
I would start with a really great client management software. I like www .fitify.me make sure you use one that will let you post your schedule so you can run your classes in multiple locations. It’s 100% customizable so you can make notes, sort and clasify your clients to make your job easy. Fitify lets you sell your session to your clients in block and the system remembers and redeems them as they are used. Clients can also book into your schedule from any device, it alerts you to the requested time and bills the clients account. Also having the ability to collect multiple forms of payment will help branding you into a legitimate business. make sure you can organize and contact all those people that took your classes in the past. Then you can do things like a message blast out to all your clients saying you have an availability. I like Fitify cause they are really good to the little guy, they don’t cost much but they really bring legitimacy to any one person business.
Great question and sounds like you have tons of tools to use. Currently I don’t use a cpu program or online program, I used one previously but found it to be too cumbersome.
The basis of what I do starts with a good assessment on the physical ability of my client and her goals rather weight loss or strength etc then I build a program with a training focus, not just giving people a “workout”, yes my clients get a workout but to train someone is totally different. People can buy a video for a workout. I focus on building in things that will correct deficiencies, (i.e muscle imbalances), build confidence, educate and of course things that will be fun.
Both my training with NASM and in the Army taught me to keep training systematic, which will keep clients safe, progress them from the basics(their level) to the advanced(their goal).
By keeping a training focus I avoid the feeling that I’m always on the hunt for excerises and end up putting together random exercises with no real point other than to make my client sweat. This is client dependent but I also work my clients through a range of various training equipment such as Kettle bells, battle ropes, sandbags, dumbbells etc. Each of them challenges the body in a different way and I match it to where my clients are at in their training.
Best of luck to you!
I don’t use any software either. There are a few options I use to help clients with this type of training.
-I take them through a similar workout when I’m with them, so they’ll have an idea of the exercises and movements I want them to do when they are away.
-The second and most frequent option I use is Skype. All of my clients have access to Skype, so this works best for them and for me.
-For those who have been with me for a long time, I also use the method of email as well.