I have a small group of clients that I meet with once a week. They are all mom’s that like small group training for the social interaction, as well as the lower cost. They all have the same obvious goal of losing weight and getting back in shape after having kids. Because they are only able to meet once a week, would you suggest giving them a copy of the workout I put them thru so that they can perform the workout at home during the week?
I have done the same in the past for clients who trained with me once a week. If you feel comfortable they will do the exercises correctly and don’t get injured, then it’s a good idea. If not, you could give them a few easy exercises (especially if they are new clients or have low fitness level) to do when they are alone. If they like to workout as a group they will actually push and support each other even when you are not around.
on the assumption that you are not doing the same thing every week, I would give them a base workout to do themselves but would make sure that I vary from it during the workouts that you supervise.
Hi Melissa. Since this is a fairly new group you may want to wait a bit until they have more experience with your exercises and program before giving them copies of workouts. But once you feel confident that the clients can correctly perform what you are giving them, then I say “yes” by all means give them some ‘homework!’ I do it all the time and the clients really appreciate that you are giving them something to do when not training with you.
I would definitely give them guidance on what they should be doing on their own, since training just once a week won’t deliver the results they’d like. You can start with a simple interval cardio regimen if they’re new to resistance training. If they know their way around a gym, I’d give them some clear illustrated instructions for at least one other session of resistance training during the week. That will significantly increase their results and your value. 🙂