I do a thorough assessment first and foremost. As we spend our lives in a more sedentary fashion, each of us will end up with imbalances. I need to determine where your weak spots are, not just generalize. I don’t want to just get you moving, I want to get you moving in a fashion that is not going to cause you injury, now or later, so you don’t get sidetracked due to injury.
Part of the assessment is also to find out what the clients goals and motivations are. These are probably the 2 most important aspects of any program – the client’s goals and motivations. We also cover what people enjoy doing or would dislike the least :).
I also begin with some basic nutrition education as nutrition is a large part of overall health.
I will initially give clients small goals to achieve on a daily basis – eat breakfast soon after waking, drink more water throughout the day, write down (or use an online journal) what you eat.
I then take time to design an outline for a 6 month program, breaking it down into what we will focus on every 4 weeks, as far as the weight training aspect and results we want to achieve. Then I plan the first workout or two and take the client through those. I also give clients specific homework to do (exercise, food log, change and eating habit, pat themselves on the back). I explain to clients why we are doing what we are doing, how we will know when it is time to progress to the next phase, and most importantly I ask if they understand why we are doing what we are doing. If they don’t understand the why clients will tend to lose motivation.
As we progress through the different phases of training everything is customized for the client with their goals, abilities, motivations and limitations in mind. And I try to keep it fun!