With The Flexible Periodization Method in the initial conversation/consultation, you have already gathered information about the athlete/client through pre-assessment forms.
These forms are the “test before the test.”
Is the athlete/client serious enough about their goal that they are willing to invest 1-2 hours in giving me the information I need to create the RIGHT program with the RIGHT goals?
Is the athlete/client comfortable with paperwork?
Most athletes/clients send the forms back right away, but I have also experienced
- Only half of the forms returned.
- Some saying “Can’t you just give me a program?”
- “I don’t want to pay to fill out paperwork.”
If I experience problems with getting the forms back I typically explain that
- “the information in the forms is what I need to create an individualized training program for you.”
- “filling out the forms is a good chance for you to review, for yourself, where you are at right now.”
In some cases this extra explanation seems to make the athlete/client embrace the importance of the pre-assessment. In other cases this extra explanation has no effect.
Should we move forward with training an athlete, who has not given us the pre-assessment forms that we have asked for?
What’s your opinion/experience? Leave a comment!
Thank You for reading to the end of this blog post!
Karsten Jensen, MSc., Strength Coach
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PPS: What does a food fight at a boarding school have to do with individualized training programs? Read next week’s blog to find out. (Excerpted from our new and unpublished manual How To Avoid A GREAT Program with the WRONG Goals: How To Set S.M.A.R.T.R Goals - Master Step 1 of The Flexible Periodization Method.)
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