Have you heard of the ‘W.H.A.T’ Principle?

Imagine you’re training yourself, you’re pushing your legs through an intense German Volume Training Squat session. You’ve just reached set 7, you’re absolutely killing it, feeling strong! Every-time you move an inch you feel as if your legs are going to rip your shorts as you turn into a Hulk like character. You then think to yourself that you’re going to try this programme on Dave, who you’re Personal Training at 7 tonight. Is this right ethically?

Ultimately the answer is no! There is no such thing as a typical training session, we are all different and all possess our own goals and ability! If we were all the same, the likelihood is that we’d all look like the Mountain from Game of Thrones! That is why what might work for us, may no work for the next person! This is partially down to the law of individuality. So, how can you remember this and make sure you tailor each session perfectly for your client? This is where the W.H.A.T principle comes into play!

W- What are your client’s goals? This will draw out their passion about why they’ve come to you! Remember to tailor your sessions to suit their goals and needs! Otherwise you may lose them as a client and potentially receive negative feedback as you haven’t taken their goals into consideration.

H- How physically and mentally fit is your client? You need to prescribe exercise that your client can complete yet find difficult, however dependant upon their mental state you need to ensure you don’t put them off! You need to ensure you build your client up both physically and mentally ensuring you are constantly backing them and pushing them to continue improving! Every 4-6 weeks meet with your client to discuss their mental state and take measurements to review their physical condition and improvements!

A- Action. Going from your initial consultation, how are you going to action your plan to improve your clients physical and mental condition and help them achieve their goals?

T- Time. Even though you and your client will have a direct time frame in mind, you should aim to achieve sub-time targets. Rather than having a long term goal, constantly create short term goals which will lead up to the overall goal.

Ultimately, remember it’s your clients session, not yours! You pick what you do to suit them, rather than just chucking in any random exercises!

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