Personal fitness can have a lot of different meanings to each different person. For one person it might mean being able to walk a mile each day, and to another, it could be multiple weight training sessions per day.
The age, fitness level, and goals of your client should heavily influence the structure and type of fitness training that you incorporate into your client’s training plan.
A training plan exists to help move the person closer to their goals, regardless of whether you as the trainer believe that those goals are adequate.
To create a training plan- it’s vital that you understand fitness and exercise science, as well as get to know your client and recognize what their strengths, weaknesses, and current ability level that will impact the pursuit of their goals.
How to Obtain the Skills Needed to Write a Training Plan
While you don’t necessarily need a degree in physiology or years of experience as a trainer to write up a plan, it’s imperative that you understand how the body works and how to improve both physical fitness and strength for your client.
Creating a training plan without any prior knowledge is likely to cause injuries, imbalances and slow progress towards the goals of your client.
At the very least, you should understand how to build lean muscle mass, how to improve physical strength and work capacity, and why the most popular workout plans are structured the way that they are.
It’s also necessary to look into the goals of the client, so if (for example) they want to improve at soccer, you understand soccer and what strength and fitness the client will need to improve their game.
How to Structure a Training Plan
The way you structure the workout plan for each client is almost as important as what exercises it contains.
Not only do you need to ensure that the workout program has enough workload to force muscle growth, strength increases, and fitness improvements, but you must also structure it to allow for adequate recovery and adherence.
If your client is new to fitness, it’s worthless to set them on an intense 5-day program because they are unlikely to have the discipline to start there. For new trainees, it’s wise to start slowly and build up.
As well as the structure of on and off days, you’ll want to consider that when you’re writing a fitness program, you need to factor in the exercises that you have your clients use each day.
If the client exercises multiple days in a row, they should train the same muscles on subsequent days as the day before, because the muscle will be fatigued and won’t be able to operate at full capacity.