Structuring a workout routine doesn't have to be difficult. While trying to find an article on how to do so, I noticed a lot of them over-complicated the process. They gave you the tools, such as regulating your own intensity, when to up the intensity and scale it down, and even using the term "periodization."
If you're someone who's simply looking to get into shape, whether it's building strength, muscle, or cardiovascular endurance, and you're not looking into any athletic competitions, you don't need fancy jargon telling you how to create one.
Instead, I'm going to show you the different types of programs you can structure based on what I use for my clients and what I've seen other trainers use.
When someone signs up for a gym membership, there is rarely an orientation on gym etiquette. In fact, some people believe gym etiquette goes out the window because they're paying 'x' dollars a month for their membership and so should be able to do whatever they want, like use any piece of equipment whenever they want with no regards for others who may want to use that same piece--or even harass trainers while they're training clients.
As someone who's a trainer in a gym, I'm going to break down gym etiquette for you so that way you don't find yourself in an uncomfortable situation where you feel like instigating a screaming match with someone who is being blatantly rude, dismissive, and inconsiderate.
Lately I have felt frustrated, discouraged, and a little maybe-I'm-just-not-meant-to-be-in-this-industry-for-long. Back when I was training at 9Round, I was training full-time and living the dream. I was at 9Round 25-30 hours a week and training the rest at the gym I still work at.
Then it went bankrupt and I had no choice but to seek out clients through my own business in order to make up for the income loss. I kept telling myself 9Round shut down for a reason, that I'm meant to be an entrepreneur and train primarily through my own business, but the truth is that the drive time burns me out. I'll sacrifice a little bit of money for a little bit of sanity if it means being able to drive to just one place and be able to stay there and train clients for a few hours.
When I got my CSCS, I decided to seek other gyms. I was thrilled when I thought I had landed a job opportunity, only for it to become nonexistent because the person who had hired me realized there was no room for me without sacrificing the ability of currently hired trainers to get clients. That was a blow to me since I'm back at square one. I don't feel bitter about the lost job opportunity; I'm just upset I have to continue the search in a city with limited opportunities for personal trainers.
It's downright frustrating and discouraging. Even having my CSCS doesn't make me feel any more confident that I could easily land another job. Perhaps I could build up a full-time online coaching business, but I also love in-person training with a fierce passion. I certainly would not feel as fulfilled training solely online.
ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, nutrition coach, young adult author, moody ballerina.
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The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own. Any advice I offer is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you have contraindications to exercise, please see your physician before implementing any sample workout plans I present on this blog.
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