OK we got that out of the way, I wanted to get a quick post up today, I mean I really have little reason not to right? Over time I’ve seen something that can be fixed quite easily with coaches and trainers programming, especially young fresh pups.
When trainers and coaches first walk into their training gigs, very few of them realize they NEED to give their clients something to do outside of their sessions. Unless their client has a money tree and are coming in 3-4 times a week (or your sessions are way underpriced). Most people that are paying for training are only willing to part with their hard earned money for 1 time a week. The catch is, we all know, to see any sort of progress, you're going to need to do some lifting more than once a week.
An even bigger mistake tends to be that they try to fit WAY too much in to that one session a week. Trying to have someone do 3 or more big money movements (example; a squat, a deadlift and a bench) are going to be very taxing on even an experience trainee. This does not realistically work, especially for a beginner client in a 60-75 minutes’ session.
Now that doesn’t mean you give a brand new client BB back squats to do on their own. Yes you need to train the movement, but a back squat may not be the best for a novice trainee. They are far more likely to do a Goblet squat or variation of a split squat.
Moral of the story, program the movements you want/need to see for yourself in those 1-2 sessions a week. After that give the client movements they are confident they can complete on their own. Now if you have a client very open to doing something more advanced on their own, you’ve just hit the trainee programming jackpot.
That's what I got for today, anyone in the snow today, please stay safe. For everyone else, go out there and get after it!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS