|Uniting AEA’s IAFC with ATRI’s Symposium, the International Aquatic Fitness & Therapy Conference allows you to customize the week of training to suit your needs – therapy, fitness, or both. Here is a highlight of one of the fitness-focused sessions being offered at IAFTC 2023 in Orlando, Florida (April 30-May 5) from Aqua Fitness Expert Roxana Brasil, MS.
|ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® annual worldwide survey is performed to determine industry trends. The pandemic made an impact on the 2021 survey that continued for 2022. For 2023, new trends are emerging, whereas others are weakening because of the world’s recovery from the isolation caused by COVID-19. However, personal training has been a top ten trend since the first published report in 2006 (ACSM 2023).
Personal training (land and aquatic environments) includes fitness testing and goal setting. The trainer works one-on-one with a client or in small groups to prescribe workouts tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. Personal training may take place in health clubs, in the home, at worksite fitness facilities, or even online. Personalized service ensures a safe and efficient evolution in improving or maintaining the general physical condition by maximizing available time (ACSM 2023).
In this context, here are some specific tips for conducting training sessions that accomplish designated goals and ensure your clients are receiving top-notch training. How you conduct yourself and run your training sessions plays an important role in the success and longevity of your aquatic fitness business.
· Arrive/prepare at least 15-20 minutes before the official start of the session. Set up for the planned workout (equipment needed, environment check, etc.) so that when the client arrives, 100% of your attention can be focused on them. One of the most critical components of client retention is consistently showing up early, not just on time.
· Planning is also key. Use periodization to design programming for long-term and short-term goals through appropriate activities such as corrective, core, or metabolic exercises. The client should work through a session at a good pace; it should take at most 60 minutes for the client to finish the workout.
· It’s important to know when to stop coaching and correcting. Some clients will simply not be able to perform some of the exercises as well as we would like due to a lack of coordination and motor skills. Our priority is to keep them safe, but at the same time, we don’t want to make any client feel insecure about their exercise performance.
We want each client to have an amazing experience every time they step into the pool, so bring lots of energy and enthusiasm. Allow your natural training personality to develop and your inner aqua star to shine, and don’t be afraid to be both humorous and intense when coaching and motivating clients.
REFERENCEACSM. 2023 (January February). Health & Fitness Journal. 27(1):19-30. DOI: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000836
|AUTHOR Roxana Brasil is one of AEA’s amazing IAFTC 2023 Presenters. Find out more about Roxana and the sessions she is offering here.