Benefits of partner training sessions with a personal trainer
Having a personal training session with a partner or friend can be a great experience. There’s a bit of banter. A shared experience. A laugh. You get that with a Muddy Plimsolls training session anyway. But including a friend on your journey of getting fit helps some clients adhere more to training and dietary changes. And we’re all for that. However, from a trainer’s point of view, programming and directing a partner training exercises takes quite a lot of skill as you balance two clients at the same time. Read on to learn how we do it.
How we tackle partner-based training
I’ve listed 3 tips showing how we, as a personal training company, put together a successful partner-based training session and ensure clients get the most from their partner training sessions.
Read how clients Chloe and Kate fared with a partner training programme from Muddy Plimsolls and became Clients of the Month.
1. Keeping both clients in front of the trainer
As a personal trainer, you are taught to focus on your client to the exclusion of all others. Can it still be called personal training if there is more than one person to train? We think so. But the trainer has to be able to switch his/her focus quickly from one client to the other. So maintaining eye contact with both clients let’s them know that their efforts are noticed and noted. It’s a simple point that is easily forgotten.
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2. Progressing or regressing partner exercises as well as repetitions and rest periods
One client may perform 10 full push ups while the other performs 8 half-push ups. But what happens when one client finishes before the other? The trainer could let that client rest but if this happens consistently – and the one who finishes first is the fitter client – then we have the situation of the fittest person having the most rest. Whereas the less fit client is constantly working harder to catch up. Not a great experience. So by making changes to repetitions and rest periods, both clients work to a high level according to their own fitness level.
Read our client advice on how to get the most from partner training.
3. Giving equal focus to both fit and less-fit clients
Partners are often of a different level of ability. We encourage each client to help and support the other when exercising. And by using a number of teaching techniques (such as staggering partner exercises – one of you rest awhile the other works) we ensure giving equal focus on both clients, whatever their level.
High standards with partner exercises
Partner-based training at Muddy Plimsolls must still fulfil all the criteria of our one-to-one sessions: thoughtful and effective programming, clear instruction and intelligent adaptations for each client. Each Muddy Plimsolls personal trainer must have a very specific skill set for partner-based training. He or she must evenly balance their attention so that both clients receive equal due care and instruction. From our point of view, then, there is a challenge in designing and implementing a training plan for two people at the same time especially if clients have different strength and fitness levels, respond to different styles of teaching and encouragement and have different goals.
Our Partner Training Plans have been revamped!
To learn more about partner training sessions with Muddy Plimsolls Ltd, visit our online shop to find out about our Partner Training Plans and learn how you can work with an experienced member of our fitness team with a cost that is as little as £34 per person per session.