Your client pays good money for your time and expertise, you need to make sure that your workouts flow smoothly so that they get the most bang for their buck. If you are not that good at time management or your workouts with your clients do not have good flow, there is always a possibility that they will want to change to a different personal trainer. It is also very difficult to motivate your clients if you are very unorganized and all over the place with your time management. If this is a problem that you have, then the points that are illustrated in this article should help you out . Your sessions should flow from one exercise to the next seamlessly. Let’s jump right into the three main tips I have for time management!him him
You should always have secondary exercises in mind!
If you typically train your clients during rush hour at your gym or the gym that you work at has a ton of members overall, you need to have secondary exercises that can be performed just in case the equipment you need is already taken. For example, let’s say that you are doing a back and biceps workout with your client. If your first choice for an exercise was to do last pull downs followed by dumbbell curls, you need to have other options available to you in case those are not available. You should not have to sit around thinking for a long time about what other exercises you can perform. You can also not just wait around for the machine to become available. Both of those waste valuable time that your client is paying for. You do not want to look like you don’t have a plan, so make sure you have one! Some good alternatives for lat pull downs are assisted pull-ups or machine pull downs. Some good alternatives to bicep dumbbell curls are barbell curls, preacher curls or machine curls. You should have a long list of backup exercises for each body part you plan on doing with your clients. This way you’ll never be caught by surprise and the transition will be smooth and professional.
On average you should know how long your workouts will take!
On average you should know how long each session will take with each of your clients. This is a tough thing to get correct when you are just starting out with personal training. It’s hard to tell how long a certain amount of exercise will take. And as you will find out some clients simply take longer to do things than others. If you have a jampacked schedule with clients back to back, it is very important that you time your sessions perfectly. If you go over time, you will be late to your next session. If you are late to one session that can have a snowball effect on the rest of your day because you need to give every single one of your clients the amount of time that they paid for. This in turn means you will be late to every other session afterwards and have a lot of frustrated clients on your hands. On the other hand if you cut your session too short, your clients will feel like they are getting cheated out of time that they paid for. If you are just starting out with new clients, your sessions will take longer than usual because you will need to be demonstrating exercises, correcting their form and really getting them situated with exercise. The more you see new clients, the better they will get at the progression of the sessions. Just take this in mind with new clients and make sure everything goes according to schedule.
Prepare yourself for other requirements that will take time out of your session
The last tip that I have for time management and workout flow is to calculate for time spent doing other required tasks such as talking about nutrition, taking body measurements, checking clients in and out (if applicable) and writing down the workout. All of these are very important but none of them are as important as the workout itself. What you should do is make sure you get the full workout in before you touch on any of these other subjects. Try to leave yourself five or 10 min at the end of the workout if you need to do any of these tasks with your client. Once again if you are just starting out personal training, these additional tasks might take you longer than if you have been practicing them for years. Obviously diet and nutritional information are extremely important to your client. You could probably spend hours on end talking about this with them. My advice is to have printed information for them or a good online resource for them to go learn about this information on their own. Another way to save time is to have your whole workout printed out ahead of time so you do not need to write down the names of each exercise as you are working with your client. Writing stuff by hand takes forever! Check out my article on my workout schedule template that I have been working on that will save you lots of time!
Conclusion on time management!
I hope the advice that I have given you on time management and workout flow will serve you well. Particularly pay attention if you are a trainer that is just starting out with very first clients. These tips will definitely make things easier for you. Personal training is not cheap and the time that you spend with your clients is very valuable to them! Over time all of this information will become very instinctual you will not have to think about as much. Try to keep these three tips in mind when planning out your sessions. You will become a very successful as well is a great trainer by implementing these tips! I really wish I had a guy like this to help me organize my time when I was just starting out as a trainer. Make sure to build your exercise list up so that you always have alternate exercises to work with. If you have any other time management tips leave me a comment down below to let me know! Also make sure to check out my article on tips for beginners, getting creative with your workouts and how to sell personal training!
Tyler Read has a Masters of Science in Kinesiology. Tyler is also a certified personal trainer with NASM, ACE, NSCA and NSCA CSCS. Tyler’s main goal is to help people get started in the personal training industry and to become successful personal trainers.