How to Design a Personal Training Plan in 8 Simple Steps

We have all read magazines telling us the best workouts for thinning down, putting on muscle and developing 6 pack abs. But the workout section is only 1 part of designing a professional personal training program. Following the 8 steps below will ensure you get results quickly, safely, and consistently. It will also catapult you above the average personal trainer and establish you as a professional in your field.

Soft tissue work. Exercising and then stretching with bad soft tissue will only make matters worse. Consider an elastic band with a knot tied in it, pull the ends of the elastic band and the knot gets tighter. The same thing happens with soft tissue. Use a foam roller to remove these knots and adhesions before the workout begins.

Muscle activation and corrective exercise. Following your initial assessments you should know what muscles require awakening. You will have begun this process with the foam roller but certain areas may need more focus, in particular the glutes. You may also want to spend some time working on muscle firing patterns.

Core training. For many clients TVA activation may be poor or even non-existent so you will want to go through a series of progressions to improve the situation. Once TVA has been mastered both laying and standing you can move onto some static stability, namely planks