This one goes out to fitness, coaches and trainees alike. Coaches, good luck writing a program without knowing what the goal of the program is. And trainees, you should not be fully depending on your coach to come up with the goals of your program. That lowers client efficacy. And around here we want high client efficacy. Ideally, you know why you are training. And more specifically, why you are training in this season.
To be clear, the reason might be simply to maintain consistency in the gym. That’s what today’s episode is all about determining different objectives that we can have in the gym and some program design ideas around those different goals.
For any of these goal oriented programs, it will be important that you are tracking your progress. It’s not that you have to be performing actual assessments, though you can. But if we want to track our progress, we need to be tracking our workouts. But you can be an old school notebook or an actual Training app like TrueCoach which we use with our clients here.
This allows you to track workouts completed, as well as the weights or reps that were completed within the work out. I also highly encourage notes. In the spreadsheet that I provide for a master program template inside Pure PROgramming, as well as our programming inside TrueCoach, there is space to leave notes under every single exercise. No matter what your, or your client’s goal is, notes provide context on a week to week basis.
I believe this also increases efficacy. And could probably find research to back that idea. But I don’t have any on hand.
So, some goals that can help lead program design…
Maintenance and consistency
I hope this gave you some useful notes for program design and considerations around the goal oriented programming.
The changes and focuses can be subtle but make a difference with joy, efficacy, and adherence for the client in the long run I think.
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