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A Guide to Recommending Fitness Equipment to Clients

June 13, 2016

As an in-home personal trainer, you will be recommending fitness equipment to clients that will best suit their fitness needs. Asking the right questions can help you determine what equipment is best for your client:

What Equipment is the Client’s Willing to Use?

Not every client will want a certain piece of equipment. For example, a treadmill may be recommended for them so they can get in their cardio, but they would prefer an elliptical instead. If a client wants a specific machine, ask them what their fitness goals are and how each piece of equipment will meet those needs. If a client isn’t keen on using a specific piece of equipment, then there’s a good chance they won’t use it.

What are the Client’s Fitness Goals?

First, ask your client what their fitness goals are. Are they trying to lose weight, maintain weight, or get stronger? If so, that will be the basis of what kind of equipment they need. For example, if a client is trying to lose weight, a machine that can burn a lot of calories in little time may be the best choice for them.

Also, if they’re new to working out on fitness equipment, it’s best to recommend a piece of equipment that is easy to use, like the PS900 treadmill. This treadmill has a user-friendly interface and can be adjusted to meet the specific needs of the user.

Does the Client Have Special Needs?

If your client is elderly, recovering from surgery, has arthritis, or any other special need, you will want to recommend fitness equipment that will take their needs into consideration. Equipment should be easy to use and low-impact to reduce stress on joints.

Stationary bikes like the recumbent bike are a good option for gentle but effective exercise. They are low-impact and allow users to adjust the resistance as they need it. Recumbent bikes are also easy to get into and out of, which is perfect for seniors or those recovering from surgery.

The CS line of treadmills is also an option as they offer the TRUE Soft System where users can adjust the firmness or softness of the deck to suit their needs. This control allows for a running surface that is low-impact and easy on the knees and ankles.

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