When it comes to training clients, variety is the spice of life! Workouts need to be new, challenging (within the physical capabilities of the individual of course) and fun to ensure long term success. There is a plethora of ways to tweak a workout and create a new challenge for your client, thus creating another reason for the body to adapt (expend more calories, build more muscle, etc.). Circuit training, interval training and using different pieces of equipment are all common ways to shake things up. Even taking a traditional exercise, like a dumbbell bench press, and modifying the way it’s performed (alternating arms, one arm) can make the exercise more challenging without having to go to the next set of dumbbells on the rack. This is a great for individuals who may not want to bulk up or require improvements in their ability to stabilize themselves before advancing to higher intensity/heavier training. Applying this slight modification to the thousands of exercises that are out there has now just given you three times the number of exercises already in your tool box!
So what are some creative ways you spice up your client’s workout? Share your ideas and let’s grow each other’s tool box!