|As much fun as I have doing it, most clients don't want to constantly have to carry or throw heavy things and max out their deadlift.|
The average person's daily routine will require that he or she be able to be mobile, climb stairs, pick up and carry things or small people, and perform household chores and yard work. If a person is regularly carrying heavy grocery bags and/or children into the house from the car, we should recognize that part of their training should involve picking up and carrying heavy loads. If an elderly person is having trouble getting up the stairs in his or her house, we should recognize that we need to strengthen and condition the legs such that this person can continue to get up the stairs and live independently. If a truck driver is suffering from back pain from long periods of sitting while driving, we should recognize that all the muscles that stabilize the spine need be strengthened and posture improved. As trainers, we should be able to correct movement patterns, strengthen the muscles that support the joints, and condition the body such that it performs at a higher level. Simply addressing the activities and movement patterns that one uses in every day life can greatly improve one's quality of life.
|Being a mom is demanding enough. The most basic resistance training can provide both relief from every day aches and pains and the additional energy needed to keep up with the demands of work and family.|
This question is very important. I have trained high school students, wrestlers, weightlifters, marathon runners, people recovering from injuries and surgery, and people who have never worked out a day in their life. Knowing their background will give you a very good idea as to what kinds of forces and effort your people are used to encountering. It will also give you an idea as to what they may be particularly good at even if its been decades since they last participated in sports or fitness activities. For example, former dancers usually maintain their flexibility, volleyball and basketball players usually still retain some measure of explosive leg strength, and runners typically have very good muscular endurance in the lower body.
|As a former basketball player, Enoch has no shortage of explosive leg strength.|
What are any deficiencies, injuries, or disabilities that we need to correct?
Where you get started with these folks is incredibly important. It can mean the difference between being able to sustain a long term strength and conditioning program and getting overwhelmed and/or injured before significant improvements are made. Sometimes, you have to keep things very simple for a long time. Some of my clients start out immediately with barbells while others use light implements for months while they improve posture and general conditioning.
|Resistance training with kettlebells can be a good way to get started or maintain some strength and muscular endurance.|
|Manuel is one of our high school students and an amazing athlete.|
Discussing goals and setting realistic ones is probably the most important step in having a successful client relationship. Most clients will tell you that they want to lose weight and maybe "firm up" or "tone". As a trainer, one has to understand that this simply means that they are not happy with where they are fitness-wise. A good trainer will help the client to figure out what exactly he or she is not happy with and work on fixing it. Back pain, inability to participate in sports, lack of energy and endurance, and joint pain are all things a trainer can address and possibly make better. Being able to pick up and carry one's grandchildren, play kickball with one's kids, or compete in a weightlifting meet or endurance event are all goals that many people don't consider, but are usually very pleased to realize as a possibility.
|Competing in an event like the Warrior Dash is both fun and a reasonable goal to train for.|
|Honesty in diet journals is the key to success in body composition changes.|
This is largely up to the client. It is dependent on how many times a week they will train with me, how much effort they put in to my training sessions, whether or not they follow my "homework" instructions (these include additional workouts and flexibility/mobility work), and/or how diligent they are about eating responsibly. I have seen individuals make huge strides with one training session a week. I have seen individuals fail to progress significantly after mutliple weekly training sessions for months on end.
I do not measure progress based on body composition, but on demonstrated improvements in strength, endurance, and cardiovascular conditoning, relief from pain, and/or improved quality of life. My favorite improvements to note are when a client reports being able to do things with his or her family that were previously out of the question. Having a mother happily report that she was running races with her kids and having fun is just as exciting as having one of my teenagers hit a personal record at a weightlifting meet.
|Megan, another high school athlete, hitting a 66 kg personal record on the platform.|
|My fellow weightlifting coach Jason Davidson and one of his training groups.|