Tailoring Workouts for a New Client

A good trainer has to mix things up now and then. It is not good to get stuck doing the same old thing. It is a sign of inherent laziness. Trainers must be up to date and stay on their toes with trends. We plan regimens for particular clients and do cross and circuit training to make things interesting; but people get tired of boring repetition. The body likes to move in new ways so you must get creative. It also gets into a nice groove when doing prescribed regular exercises, so changing the momentum is not always indicated. A careful trainer knows just when to add and subtract techniques. You want to be sure to cover all the bases and address toning and strengthening all the areas that need attention such as the legs, core, and upper body. Change for the sake of change is not a good practice. It is novelty for its own sake and not for a real purpose.

I listen to clients and they tell me where it hurts and when I need to stop and adjust the routine. I also hear what works and is successful. I get my best ideas from other people. For example, I worked with a regular who loves basketball and talks about it incessantly. I started to take a closer look at the game and homed in on particular moves. I wanted to incorporate the way the body looks on the court into my training regime. I can modify certain types of jumping and twisting elements from the sport that will work wonders for the client. I might even use these techniques on others. It makes a good story to tell people about the origin of their exercises.

There is also a lot of reaching up in basketball and quick action spurts and stops. I am working on adding to my new regime as I listen to the clients’ response. Minor adjustments can make a movement more suitable for someone with particular needs. We all want to focus on certain parts of the body first and foremost, but I believe in workouts that address the entire being. Thus, basketball moves are part of a more comprehensive plan. I often incorporate an outdoor basketball (source), such as when teaching a series of moves called wood chopper. Standing tall with feet apart, the client holds the basketball with two hands, bending the knees to strengthen the thighs. He or she then moves the ball with straight arms to the lower right followed by a sharp movement upward to the left. The head follows the direction of the arms. You are working out three areas of the body at the same time. You are pulling in the core as you reach with the arms, toning them in the process. The thighs get a lot of the benefit.

Exercise is a way of life and it pays to make it fun and interesting. If sports movements do the job, so be it.