There is a spectrum of personal training program designs which depend upon the goals and objectives of each individual client. And, even if you are training exclusively with your personal trainer for each training session, there will be times when you or your trainer may be unavailable for a training session together. A common reason why you or your trainer may be unavailable is that one or both of you are traveling, such as when on vacation or for work. When this occurs, you need a portable exercise program to utilize when on your own.
While there are a plethora of benefits to one-on-one supervision and coaching, because life happens, preparing for these likely occasions, is the best approach to staying on track so that when you return to your training sessions with your trainer, you are ready to hit the ground running. This week, check out the following tips for enhancing your personal training sessions as well as “taking your program with you” when necessary. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Tip #1 Communicate with your trainer clearly to identify any issues that you may experience immediately. Both positive and concerning feedback is essential to share so that you two are on the same page, every training session.
Tip #2 When you are traveling, and you know that you will have access to a fitness facility on the road, we, as trainers, love it when our clients provide us with information regarding the facility. This allows us to adapt our program design to the equipment available in advance.
Tip #2 Make certain that your trainer provides you with a thorough, detailed written exercise program that you have reviewed for clarification and hopefully, have performed with your trainer numerous times to reinforce all safety and effectiveness elements. Request that the trainer makes specific notations on the program which apply to each exercise. A good example would be, that you may require a towel or pad for behind the head during supine exercises due to thoracic kyphosis. This reminds you to prepare for these exercises accordingly.
Tip #3 Laminate the written program so that you may easily attach it to your gym bag. This way, it will remain in good, viable condition throughout your travels and you will not misplace it. *You may also take a photo of the written program on your phone.
Tip #4 Record your program with your phone so that you may transport the program with you everywhere! We usually record both the client and myself, as the trainer, performing each exercise so that the desired form/technique is very clear via the trainer’s performance and the corrections and modifications may be identified as reminders to ensure an optimal performance by the client.
Tip #5 If you have audio with the recording that is ideal as there is nothing quite like the combination of visual and auditory coaching and cues.
Tip #6 Per your trainer’s guidance, purchase needed fitness tools for travel, such as resistive tubing, or for in-home use when needed. Resistive tubing is probably the most versatile of travel fitness tools and if you purchase the assist-a-strap that may be anchored to stable door jams, the variety of exercises increases exponentially.