Hello Holly St.Lawrence,
The detailed consultation should be enough to design programs. You could also go to the sports stores, look around, find something different and design a program using that item. Think outside the box, go to the park, look outside for other ways to exercise. How about competitions or games between clients?
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
You could always design your own changes. I always design client programs personally. I consult with other instructors who need assistance with clients that challenge their skills (medical issues, athletic performance, etc.). All of the instructors that I teach cert prep and CEC courses to learn how to design programs.
Your question is relative to each individual and their goals. With regard to client programming, I agree with Harris and Daniel. You must first look at your clients individually and their goals. Then take your education and knowledge, and come up with some “tweaks” to their programming that may make it more fun/challenging/interesting for them.
Sometimes, we can find change in just the little things. Use different pieces of equipment. Or, make little tweaks for bigger results. For example– in strength training, you can play with reps, tempo, eccentric focus, hand grip, supersets, tri-sets, etc…
Or,take them to another location. A different room, environment, outdoors, etc.. Get them out of the normal location. It does wonders for their spirits and breaks up monotony.
Also, I would look at the personality of each client. Do they like structure or are they adventurous? Do they like music? You can think of a thousand ways to shake it up for them. That being said, once you have an idea on each client, then search the various resources out there for new content. 🙂
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Nebulous question. Group exercise and/or personal training? Look first to your experience and education. While it’s likely not an exercise prescription, it’s an exercise program suggestion (scope of practice,) always a consideration. As suggested in the responses there are a number of online resources. My suggestion is that you visit fitness centers and workout facilities to garner new ideas for your clients’ programs.
You will have to base your program design according to your client’s fitness goals and assessment. I see you have a lot of experience in the medical field, so you will need to base your exercise prescription according to the results you get from the above information. You can search for various routines and exercises online, but they have to be relative to the goals and capabilities of the client. Otherwise why would others need you as their trainer?