The 4 rules of routine/program design
There are four parameters that should be built into each and every program that a trainer needs to follow when custom tailoring routines for new clients. This assessment is crucial when incorporating different training methods and if the pre qualifying steps aren’t taken, injury is all but guaranteed for the client. The four rules are simple enough but extremely important and should be used every time if possible.
1. Know your client.
- Make sure there is an emphasis on the program that is geared towards some of the client’s strengths which will quickly build confidence and rapport between trainer and client. Remember, if they can’t trust you why would they listen to you…. or pay for something they don’t like?
- Anybody can swing a sledgehammer into a huge tractor tire or throw a medicine ball against a wall but what is the purpose behind it? It’s the trainer’s job to monitor the routine and give the client goals and exercises that are achievable yet purposeful. It is also the trainer’s job to reinforce proper mechanics and correct breathing techniques.
2. Make sure recovery is built into the program.
- Rest is critical….whether it’s between sets or workouts, recovery time is just as essential as diet or sleep.
- Remember that the stimulus happens in the gym and the recovery begins afterwards. Studies have recently shown that after a workout as much as 200 calories can be burned as the body begins to cool down into recovery mode. Proper sleep and scheduled meals can help speed along the entire process to the benefit of client.
- Are your clients ready for super metabolic circuit training or are they being pushed too far too soon? Are you helping a client through rehab? It’s paramount to recognize exactly what the client is capable of vs what you as a trainer are steering the client towards…
- Is soreness a good indicator of a successful workout? Most people have experienced DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and it usually occurs two or three days after a workout. Be aware of this soreness and monitor the client to make sure overtraining doesn’t set in.