Unless you are working with elite-level athletes clients tend to either under or overestimate their current fitness abilities and inabilities. For just this reason a coach needs to conduct a fitness assessment testing a client’s body composition, movement patterns, and work capacity.
A proper fitness assessment will not only test a client’s current fitness levels but, also determines if the goals from the initial client consultation are realistic. We’ve broken down the fitness assessment into the three most important areas to test. These three areas were pulled directly from latest free download, download now and start to professionalize your coaching career.
Testing a client's body composition is the first area a coach should assess. For general population clients, most goals will be related to body composition. Learn how to conduct a body composition assessment withthis download.
The second area a coach needs to assess is the client’s range of movement. This will help determine short term and long term mobility goals. The movement assessment will be different for each client depending on their training age and goals. Learn the basic movement tests in this free resource.
The third area to test is work capacity. When testing work capacity a coach will be able to gain a clear understanding of where a client’s current fitness levels are. There are many ways in which work capacity can be tested, learn our three favorite tests here. The method for testing initial work capacity should be repeated exactly the same way each time to track progress through the program.
These three areas represent a systemized method for conducting client fitness assessments. Through streamlining the fitness assessment coaches are able to develop consistency and apply this consistency to each of their clients. OPEX Fitness values consistency . . . a lot. That is why we created the OPEX System of Coaching. This system is built on five pillars that work in harmony and represent the necessary skill set for a professional coach.
A coach must have a structure to lay the foundation for their fitness business. This structure will ensure a coach has clients to work with.
A coach must meet with their client regularly to understand who they are and establish goals for their program. The information gained here will be the starting point for the assessment
Using a systemized method a coach needs to conduct routine physical assessments to track progress and deliver the same experience to each client.
With a strong understanding of the client and their abilities, the coach will have the information needed to design a long-term program for each individual client.
Once goals and a program are established, a coach must ensure they meet all their client’s needs, both inside and outside of the gym. The nourishment plan will support the individually designed program.
OPEX Fitness strongly believes in developing a system for everything, hence the OPEX System of Coaching. Only through developing systems can you develop over time as a professional coach. Systemize your coaching today when you download our free Coach’s Toolkit.