Promoting a Healthy Relationship with Fitness

Many coaches rely on training templates for their clients.

While this may ease the coach’s workload, it significantly impedes the client’s physical development. Why? Every client is physically unique; therefore a program any short of 100% tailored to their values, priorities and needs, simply won’t work.

Even worse, they could burn out and lose interest in fitness or your services.

When first faced with individual program design, a coach can be daunted. That’s why OPEX Fitness devised a framework to simplify the process. Once you’ve undertaken a thorough assessment of your client, try – The Three P’s.

  • Prioritize
  • Periodize
  • Plan

First, start to consider a client’s program in relation to their priorities. Prioritizing is the idea that at each stage of training, a client is going to have different priorities specific to them. Knowing someone’s priorities allows you to align not only their exercise program but their nutrition and lifestyle pieces.

Next, periodize. Before breaking down a client’s program into days and weeks this stage sees you work back from their priorities, asking what needs to be in place for them to achieve their specific goals.

Finally, there’s planning.  Planning is done in deep consultation with your client and comes down to questions of lifestyle. How well does your client respond to stress, day to day, in terms of rhythm and circadian rhythm? When can they fit in their training sessions given work and home-life? When are they mentally acute? How do they best recover?

Knowing the answer to these questions will allow you to get down to the intricacies of the program; the exercise selection, tempo, repetitions, sets and rest time, confident that you’re designing a program your client can execute on.

OPEX Fitness is the premiere provider of quality coaching education. Help guide your clients to powerful personal breakthroughs by developing a mastery of program design.

Learn more about our theories and methods by checking out our Coaching Certificate Program (CCP).