Using personal training templates for clients is key to being a personal trainer & running a fitness business, as you are qualified to teach personal training creating templates that you understand may seem easy.
Using personal training templates for clients is key to being a personal trainer and running a fitness business, as you are qualified to teach personal training creating templates that you understand may seem easy. However, in order for your clients to get the most from you as a personal trainer, it’s important they are able to understand them as well. For this reason, we have used our highly experienced in-house PTs to create the perfect personal training template for clients to easily understand.
The great thing about this training program is that it can be adapted and used for any style of training, including online training, strength training or functional training. In this handy article, we will break each section out and provide a summary so that everybody is clear on how this template can be used for its full potential! Let’s get into it…
Before getting started on the workout program for your client it is important they are aware of their personal training goals and what they want to achieve. The purpose of setting goals is to help you and the client understand what it is they are actually wanting from the investment into training, are they looking to lose weight, tone up or just improve their overall fitness levels.
Take some time to sit down and discuss this with your clients before implementing a workout template to help outline how you are planning to get them to that particular goal. Goal setting also helps set accountability for your client, if their goals are set out and defined by them, they know that what you have mapped out for them to do is what is going to help them achieve that.
Warming up is a vital part of any training plan for clients, without effectively warming your muscles up you are limiting the range of motion and increasing the risk of injury for your client. This is in the top section of the personal training template, in here you or your client can simply add warm-up exercises which can be carried out at the start of their personal training session or workout.
The order section in the program design looks at giant sets and supersets in the workout format, for example, A1-3 would be a giant set which would be squats, lunges, jump lunges then rest. After this point you would follow through to supersets which for the upper body could be bench press (B1) followed by bent-over row (B2) there can be as many of as little as the client likes for the exercises of this sort of order.
The exercise section seems obvious to the best of us, but this will be where the client will know what exercise they are completing. That being said, it is beneficial to talk through exercises that are on the plan with your clients to ensure they have a good understanding of what it involves. As previously discussed A1-3 will be performed as a giant set with a rest at the end and B1-X will be performed as a superset with as many or as few exercises.
This template has been designed as a 4-week workout plan on the basis that every program should be adjusted every four weeks after using this. The client will be able to track their reps per set on the corresponding box and weight per set in the corresponding box which allows them to progress and record results over the 4 weeks.
Aiming to amend and adjust the workout every 4 weeks is good for both yourself and your personal training clients. Every 4 weeks you can look at the type of progression they are seeing and map this into their goals and if they have achieved them. You will then be in a strong position to map out the next 4 week’s plan for them or alternatively have provided them with the understanding for them to be able to do this themselves.
The reps section is for clients to clearly understand the number of reps they are aiming to achieve in each set. The reps vary on the type of exercise which ranges from 6-8 and 12-15 reps, this will map out with the order of each exercise as discussed in section 3 of the article.
Set are considering the number of times an exercise is repeated in line with the number of repetitions. The sets column in this personal training design template varies depending on the type of exercise. The majority of exercises within this workout consist of at least 3-4 sets of each exercise, although sets arent always necessary to seeing progression, it often helps improve strength and client form when performing the exercise 3-4 times throughout the session as a set.
Tempo is beneficial to incorporate into a training program as it increases the time under tension for the working muscles whilst teaching control for your client in performing the exercise. Whilst tempo isn’t always necessary to include, having this in strength training will use tempo through each phase of the movement. The number in the tempo section indicates the time (1-1 second) and alternatively, the ‘X’ means you should complete the exercises as quickly as possible.
The rest interval will be the time spent resting between sets which will allow your client’s muscles to recover. A rest period between sets will usually range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, this can be dependent on the exercise prior to the rest and how much energy is used. The rest sections which have are symboled ‘X’ means no rest, the other rest periods for this template range between 60-90 seconds.
The reps and set section in this template creates a space for your client to record the progression of their workouts over the 4 weeks. Part of an effective training programme is including reps progression which will help aid results and increase clients’ strength. For each new session, your client should aim to increase the number of reps between 6-8 to help push for progression, having this section included in their template will allow them to keep track of this and know where they need to push the following session.
Similarly to reps, it is important that your client is taking note of weight per set for each exercise over the 4 weeks of training in the corresponding box. Weight is another way for your client to progress in their personal training journey, as they are increasing weight they are increasing strength. Having this recorded on the template allows them to see their progression clearly and can sometimes motivate them to push harder in their next session.
To make this easier for you to put together a training plan, we have created a downloadable template to use. The template consists of editable fields and should be used for 1 per workout as explained in this article.
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This is a good template for personal trainers and clients as it includes all the core information needed in understanding how to progress further with client goals and how to adapt and improve training month on month. This format is also presented in a digestible way to your clients, the last thing you want to do is put them off their training plan by sending over a complex and confusing template to follow. This template is great for any trainer or personal training business, as it’s easily useable across online and in-person training and can also be adapted for different clients.