So you have been training your client for a few months and you feel it’s time to step it up a level and change things to up keep training interesting.
It’s all too easy to get caught up in routine and it’s almost human nature to fall back into default mode. Doing the same exercises over and over again may be effective, however keeping things fun can be a more important factor.
But how do you keep your clients workouts fun? Here are 6 ways to keep your training sessions interesting and keep your clients motivated and engaged.
Introduce a new exercise
An easy way to spice things up is by implementing new exercises into your sessions. Nowadays you can find plenty of ideas on Pinterest, YouTube, Google and Facebook but don’t forget the books and magazines as they have plenty content too! If you want to stick with the same exercise, you can also simply change up the equipment and stick with the same movement. Instead of using a machine for hamstring curls, why not use a swiss ball? Make sure that the new exercise aligns with your client’s goals so that you keep working towards the same outcome while using a different method.
Change things up with a HIIT circuit
Instead of doing three sets of 10 reps, why not try something new and incorporate some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible). As DailyBurn explained “HIIT, is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time”
You can change the entire workout and turn it into a HIIT or AMRAP session, or you can simply finish off the session with a short circuit.
Implement a new element into the workout
To keep your sessions fun you can make some simple and easy external changes such as by bringing new music or simply by changing the location of training. Do you usually train at an indoor gym? Why not go outside and explore the natural surroundings or train at an outdoor workout station with pull up bars or a sprint track.
Implement some unilateral exercises
Instead of working on pushing an even amount of effort through both feet, why not mix up the exercise a bit and work on single leg training? A key benefit of unilateral training is that it allows you to even out any strength or size imbalances. Instead of doing as barbell squat try a single leg squat. Remember that you may need to focus on the appropriate progressions as some clients may not have the strength and or stability to perform an exercise properly and safely. So for the single leg squat, you can start by getting your client to sit down on a bench and get up on one leg, then sit down again. A good progression would be a lower bench after which you can progress to a lower height once again.
Try boxing or kickboxing
If it is within your scope of practice and if this is something your client would like to do, you could incorporate some boxing skills and drills to change things up. Boxing and kickboxing are great for fat burn whilst teaching your client something new. Give it a crack! Boxing can be done on a bag and also with padwork but make sure that you incorporate good quality padwork technique to avoid injuries. It is also worth to check with your insurer whether you are covered for boxing.
Remember that boxing is a skill and isn’t for everyone. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, there are plenty of other avenues you can explore to change things up.
Train with your client
Have you ever trained with your client? This is probably one of the best techniques to keep your clients motivated. Just think about it, training together is so much more motivating than trying by yourself. Whilst chatting you won’t even notice that you’re working out and it makes your client feel valued as they feel they don’t have to “work out alone”.
Please note that these tips are for illustrative purposes only and are in no way advice. Ensure you stick to your scope of practice and only engage in what you are qualified to do.