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.
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!