Why I Don’t Program Cardio For Personal Training Clients
Wait, did a gym owner just say he doesn’t put cardio (fitness) work into his clients plans?
Kind of, but that’s not the whole story.
See, I regularly get asked “have you any treadmills?”.
In my head, I often answer “have you checked your shed?”.
We’ve all been victims of that positive feeling that you’re finally get fit so you buy some exercise equipment.
A month later it has now become an expensive coat hanger or it’s buried under boxes.
My Guilt With Cardio
Anyhoo, back on point.
See, I don’t actually put conventional cardio into clients plans.
Especially my 1-2-1 clients.
I’d feel guilty if I spent 15 minutes of a session watching them walk on a treadmill while I checked my Instagram for some sick booty pics.
In those 15 minutes, I can teach them something way more beneficial than simply watching the clock tick away on the treadmill, effectively watching their life pass on by.
As a Personal Trainer, I aim to deliver the most I can for my clients in each session and maximise the benefit they get.
Take Lisa this morning.
It was her first PT session here and of course there were nerves.
We finished her session with Sled Drags paired with some Ski sprints in between each set of drags.
And it was surprisingly tough for her.
But more importantly, it WASN’T boring!
The time flew by, yet she got lots of work done.
When it comes to gym plans, I DO want to help you get fitter.
But I use more of an unconventional approach.
I prefer to use methods like Sled sprints, drags, rope slams, kettlebells, circuits, rowers, assault bikes, ski’s and an array of bodyweight exercises to get the ticker pumping.
It’s never boring.
And more importantly, it’s highly effective.
80% of sessions will be based on moving and lifting.
The last 20% will then be where you get your conditioning done.
Why Cardio Is A Supplement
I view cardio as a supplement to your training.
Add it in where you need to burn a few extra calories to help drop fat.
But don’t base your entire workout on it.
Instead, look at moving more on your days where you’re not in the gym.
Go for a walk, go hiking, do a park-run or take a class.
Those 3 hours you hit them gym a week just isn’t enough to make a big difference.
You need to look at your week as a whole and make sure you get moving.
And since most of our jobs are desk/office based, I advise you to focus your “cardio” on the outdoors.
It sure beats that emotional breakdown when you think you’ve been on the treadmill for an hour when in fact it’s been 17 seconds.
P.s. This post was created in my head while doing 30 minutes on the rower this morning.
In the words of Alanis Morissette, “isn’t it ironic”.