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 meet with several small groups this way. On the first meeting of the month I create a program for them to follow on their own (or with others in their training group) while they are not with me, and record this on workout sheets for them to take with. On the following sessions during the month I review, if necessary, some of the things we did on first meeting, but then create group workouts that are harder to do alone (partner exercises, using equipment like TRX, ropes, etc that clients might not have access to).
I believe that the best training program as both a) consistency: (same workout, once per week for a 4-6 weeks) so progress is easily measured, form and technique better mastered, and b) variety: for keeping things fresh, avoiding plateaus, and for fun!