Your client’s fitness level is number one. Whether they are a novice, intermediate or advanced trainer, their fitness level must match their training level. We are guessing, before you took on a client, you assessed their fitness level first (along with some other key assessments) to gauge where they were so you could program exercises accordingly. Well inductions are not only a useful time to assess a client’s fitness level, sometimes midway through their fitness journey it is important to reassess not only as a progress check but also to ensure the client feels challenged constantly in fitness and never becomes too complacent with their fitness achievements. Complacency is likely to lead to clients experiencing plateaus in training. In this blog, we are offering 3 ways to challenge your client’s fitness level so you and your client can better gauge where in terms of fitness they currently are.
Conduct A Random Fitness Test
Throw one in, arrange a time when you are next seeing your client and test their fitness level (it is best to keep this test a secret and not mention when it is, to avoid them preparing for it). Test their cardiovascular health, upper/lower body strength, flexibility, mobility etc, whatever test you chose to conduct, test accurately and fairly. Show your client the results, explain to them where their strengths and weaknesses lie, how you are going to approach them (this demonstrates a good trainer) and explain to them how they have improved since the last test so they can understand the positive actions which have led up to their current results.
Assess Their Diet
As we all know, diet is crucial. When we want to address any issues in fitness, we always know it is best to take a look at the source, what we are putting into our bodies. Take some time out of training to sit down with your client and look at their current eating habits, vices, water intake etc. Talk with them, ask them for their honest feedback about their diet, are they facing any eating barriers, do they have any food related questions, do they eat out a lot, are they consuming enough water. All very valid questions and thus very important to monitor throughout their training with you, don’t let progress slack simply because of dietary mistakes.
Teach New Moves
When introducing foreign exercises, the body undergoes muscular adaptations under the stress and stimuli it is forced upon. These changes will stimulate growth in your client’s performance, result in positive changes to their kinetic chain; changes like these will also help to point out weaknesses. Let’s say for example we are teaching the pistol squat because they are now comfortable with regular squats, however they are finding it difficult to balance on one leg after their knee is flexed 90 degrees, we now know they either have poor muscular strength in their quadriceps when working unilaterally, they have poor balance on one side of their body, or perhaps their glutes are inactive. Whatever your observations are, use them to help progress with moves and/or exercises so that your client is constantly learning and developing.
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Written by Daniyal Siddiqui.