3 Keys to Successfully Creating a Cardio + Weight Training Program October 12, 2015
3 Keys to Successfully Creating a Cardio + Weight Training Program October 12, 2015

Let’s face it, most clients fall into one of two categories: They either love cardio, or they love weight training. Most of us spend time helping clients with strength training, flexibility, sports-specific workouts or general conditioning. Cardio is typically prescribed for clients to do on their own time.

So how do we help our clients get what their bodies need? In a word: experientially. They need to experience how good it feels to live in a strong and lean body. After just a week or two, they will feel their muscles changing, and their ability to do their aerobic workout gets easier too. Feeling the results becomes the motivator. Trainers need to point this out. Ask the client what changes they are experiencing and what more they’d like to experience. Then create a plan based on their personal goals. The method below can be used for pretty much any goal. Let’s dive in with a very common objective: weight loss.

1. PINPOINT PERSONAL MOTIVATION — ASK WHY
Get your client to identify a specific goal, such as “I want to look better naked” or “I want to be a better role model for my daughter.” That motivator becomes their personal carrot. Remind them of their motivator through follow-up texts and during your sessions together.

2. CARDIO CHOICES — DO WHAT YOU LIKE
Dancing, jogging in nature, spin biking, whatever gets that heart pumping will help torch those calories. With hundreds of workouts (or programs) and exercises to choose from on PumpOne, you’ll never be short on ideas for your clients.

Lack of time is the number one excuse for not working out. But check this out: Studies have shown that 10-minute bursts of exercise throughout the day do make a difference. Try the 10-Minute Fat Burner and 10-Minute Energy Booster for your burst.

3. SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS — BUILD A REALISTIC PLAN
Success breeds success. Make sure clients can realistically commit to a program for several weeks so they can truly witness the benefits. Logging and tracking sessions are great motivators and show actual progress. Specific goals are also crucial: time, intensity, distance. Pick one, all or customize based on need. Plan the plan, then work the plan.

For more a more scientific view on how to build a cardio program, check out this post on National Academy of Sports Medicine site.

Review and discuss your client’s progress and refine as needed. High-five what worked, find ways to overcome obstacles. Achieving a balanced cardio + resistance training program is spiral. So long as you’re constantly moving upward, you’re on the right path.


Keeping your clients on track with their workout goals is easier than ever with FitnessBuilder Pro on your Apple Watch, iPhone, Android and the Web. PumpOne’s complete workout guidance and tracking tools include over 1,000 workouts tailored to your fitness goals and the ability to create your own sessions from more than 7,000 exercise images and videos. Download it from the App Store or Google Play, or sign up at PumpOne.com.

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