We’re currently living in a very uncertain and unprecedented time across the country and around the world. Things we took for granted as part of our normal routine, such as going to the gym to train, eating at a restaurant, socializing with friends, etc., have all been put on hold. As your clients figure out how to manage their new normal, they’re definitely going to need ways to alleviate stress and keep their health and fitness a priority.
Unfortunately, many people will take this situation as an opportunity to put exercise on the back burner because they lack access to their usual gym equipment. We as coaches and trainers need to emphasize health and wellness even more now, to keep our clients’ stress low, spirits high, and immune system even higher. We need to be a resource and sounding board for our clients, providing a framework they can use to train at home despite the change in environment. We’re going to cover some basic home strategies we’re using with our clientele to ensure they keep moving and progressing toward their health and fitness goals.
Slow Things Down!
Limited access to dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, etc., should not deter someone from training! Even if a person has to rely solely on bodyweight-based movements, there are still ways to make workouts challenging. The thing we emphasize most is tempo: Slowing down the movements forces clients to be more mindful of positioning and owning each movement, especially once they get to certain resistance limits. If you want to kick bodyweight-based exercise up a notch, add a slight pause during the challenging part of the movement to continue emphasizing tension in and around the area being trained.
Resistance bands (if available) are another great way to add some external stress to the body. Many times clients will have some resistance bands lying around either from a stint of rehab or some previous investment in home exercise equipment. Here are some simple upper- and lower-body options you can share with your clients to keep the training quality high and interesting.
Sometimes you just need to see what your clients have available to them to figure out how best to make a program work. Using a backpack loaded with canned goods, textbooks, etc., can be an easy way to add external resistance and progressively overload a targeted area.
Don’t let the lack of formal exercise equipment or resources deter your clients from training. They can use what they have available to them! Our jobs as coaches and trainers are to adapt to any situation and provide quality training and education based on the unique situation of each client, even if it’s only temporary. At this point in time, clients don’t need complexity; they need something simple they can follow to maintain and improve upon the fitness levels they’re striving for in the situation they’re currently navigating. Continue to overdeliver for your clients, especially now, to help them see the value of your skill set and education!