Getting the Most Out of Your Outdoor Personal Training Session

Getting the Most Out of Your Outdoor Personal Training Session

Outdoor training is an incredibly appealing option for a personal trainer to use with a variety of clients. Not only does this mean that a personal trainer can avoid expensive fees associated with using a gym, but it also means that the personal trainer is free to explore a variety of training opportunities with the client in mind.

Outdoor Training Reduces Tedium

The beauty about training outdoors is that there is such variety, and there is no one set place where you necessarily must train. Outdoor training could be in someone’s back garden, in the countryside, or it could be in a local park, and the venue will vary and change according to what your client’s preferences and needs are. This is important because it reduces tedium, as well as reducing the repetitive boredom of training at the same place by the fact that the venue can be varied to add extra motivation and challenges.

Outdoor Personal Training Provides Different Experiences

Different venues are going to have diverse attributes which can lead to a different training experience. If, for example, you are training in someone’s back garden, it could be quite limited in terms of space and the training area will be quite small. However, if you are training in a local park then the training area would be somewhat larger allowing for a different type of training to be performed. In a back garden you may focus on setting up an outdoor circuit for example, whereas in a park or out in the countryside you could look at long distance running and different uses for a wider area.

Outdoor PT Sessions Provide Challenges

Challenges can be set when providing outdoor personal training. This could be, for example, mapping out a particular route such as a walking/jogging/running route that you could follow and set as a challenge. You could perhaps identify a 5-mile footpath and say that the challenge today is that we are going to be completing this particular distance. Woodlands often have many managed areas where there are safe running tracks or footpaths that go through the woodland. You could motivate your client by setting a challenge and utilising the terrain on offer.

Always Plan Your Outdoor Workout

Planning routes is very important, and these routes can vary from time to time. If you are training your client for cardiovascular endurance, you should look to vary the session by utilising different routes, terrains, and environments rather than going on the same running route each time. It could be park running or road running, or it could also be running through woodland. This adds variety to the PT session, reduces tedium, and increases the challenge for your client.

Adding Exercise Pitstops to Your Outdoor Personal Training

It may be useful to identify various pitstops on a route. For example, if you were going on a cross-country run along a footpath through a woodland, there may be certain points throughout where you could stop and perform some bodyweight exercises. It could be that you are doing a 5-mile running route through some woodland, where you are able to identify a few areas suitable for stopping to do some muscular endurance exercises, such as press-ups, sit-ups etc, and utilising the terrain to aid with performing these exercises.

Outdoor Training in Different Weathers

Training outdoors means that you need to be prepared for all different types of weather. It should not be an excuse not to train just because the weather isn’t as nice as one would like it to be! However, one must always make sure that safety is considered, and no outdoor training should be attempted unless a risk assessment has been performed. This should include an analysis and assessment of the weather to make sure that the environment is fit for purpose and safe. It is very important to dress appropriately for your outdoor personal training session. For example, if it is very cold and raining, then naturally the attire one would use would be very different to if it was a hot and sunny day. To get the most out of outdoor training you should adapt to your environment by dressing appropriately.

Personal Training Outside in Groups

Outdoor training can also mean that you can involve others within the training. For example, if you are going for a cross-country run through woodland then taking friends, family members, or other exercise enthusiasts along can add to the motivation. You’ll often find running groups, couch to 5k groups, semi-competitive fun-runners etc, that all get together in a group and perhaps embark on a cross-country run going through various terrains, sometimes stopping on the way to do different exercises, and this group element adds to the motivation.

In Conclusion

Overall, what we have seen is that outdoor training can be a very useful tool for a personal trainer to have when working with clients. We’ve looked at how a variety of venues can be used rather than the same venue each time and how by planning different routes on various terrains they can be utilised to create challenges. We’ve looked at how pitstops can be built into a route, and we’ve discussed how the weather and attire are important considerations. Finally, it should always be about fun. It should be something that the client enjoys doing either by themselves or as part of a group, and that will obviously add to their motivation. In conclusion therefore, it can be said that outdoor training can be a very useful way to challenge and motivate your client and reduce tedium.

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