Best Practices for Training Clients at the Gym
It’s important to keep an eye on government guidelines throughout the UK as they are subject to change. What remains essential is rigorous cleaning and hygiene procedures as well as strict social distancing. Although health and safety are at the top of the to-do list, the client experience should never feel diminished. Here are five best practices to be aware of when training clients at the gym.
If possible, try to keep two metres away from your client and other members at the gym. To follow social distancing guidelines while personal training, it’s a good idea to communicate with your gym on layout and space restrictions. Find out what space you have available that allows you to stick to safety guidelines while training your clients efficiently.
2.Cleaning and Disinfecting
Depending on the type of training you provide, you can adjust your cleaning and disinfecting needs. For example, if you focus mainly on bodyweight exercises, you can ask your client to bring their own mat. That way, there will be no shared equipment. However, if you’re using free weights and machines, you will need to disinfect equipment before and after every use. You need to both clean and sanitise shared equipment, so think about using an antiviral spray.
You will need to decide what the process will be for clients if they have COVID-19 symptoms. This might involve postponing training sessions and having a two-week restriction period on coming into the gym. Throughout your communication with your clients, you should emphasise the need to avoid sessions if they have any symptoms associated with the coronavirus.
Encourage regular hand washing on arrival and avoid touching faces. Some gyms have implemented temperature checks as well, which may be something to consider as a trainer. You may need to have a good supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in terms of gloves and face masks. If it’s harder to socially distance on the way into the gym, it may be a good idea to recommend using a face mask on arrival.
5.Gym Layout and Safety
The gym layout is likely out of your control. However, it will play a part in delivering a safe and exciting session for your clients. You may need a larger area than usual to carry out sessions, so this is something to keep in mind.