At the heart of the work a personal trainer does with a client, programme design is the key to effective workouts, and essential if clients are to meet their goals.
Programme design means that each individual client gets a workout plan that is specifically tailored for them. The problem so many people encounter when joining a gym or health club is that they are given the same off the shelf workout plan as everyone else, with no account made for their individual needs.
Good programme design must include various factors including:
- The client's goals: What type of workouts your client can do, will be largely shaped by their needs. Are they looking to lose weight, rehabilitate an injury, or train for a marathon? Programme design must be first and foremost built around the goal.
- Client history: Clients arrive with a history that can include previous injuries, current illnesses or conditions, and also a possible background in sports or exercise. Thus a pregnant woman needs different considerations from an ex-footballer with a history of knee injuries.
- Client Motivation: Although you might assume that anyone coming to a personal trainer has a certain degree of motivation, it will vary widely. While some clients will be highly motivated and will happily work out five days per week, others might be there simply because they have to - losing weight for health reasons, for example. They will thus be looking to do the minimum possible.
- The client's likes and dislikes: Finally, you need to consider what your client likes. Do they prefer classes, gym work, or being outside running? The more your clients enjoy their sessions, the more likely they are to stick with a training plan.