How To Do a (Trial/FREE) Personal Training Session – Structure, Exercises, Sets, Reps

Do you want to know the best way to do a trial personal training session, and get more clients?

Do you want to showcase your skills and expertise as a personal trainer, and grow your fitness business?

Do you want others to notice you on the gym floor when you’re training your clients so that they come up to you afterward and ask how they can get started working with you?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then keep reading.

To be a successful personal trainer, one of the things you’ll need to know is how to effectively do a trial personal training session so that potential new clients can ‘test-drive’ your services and feel what it’s like to work with a personal trainer.

At the beginning of this video, I explain how to structure a trial personal training session the right way.

I discuss:

– the psychology of the trial personal training session
– the method I recommend using for the workout itself
– why it’s effective for the client
– how it displays that you’re a personal trainer of high value

00:00 – Intro
01:03 – How to book a trial session
01:15 – Questions to ask
02:00 – Psychology of gen-pop clients
02:39 – Provide value in the trial session
03:00 – Details of the trial session
03:43 – The paired-sets method
04:29 – How to coach
05:19 – Structure for coaching
06:39 – A-series
07:04 – B-series
07:54 – C-series
08:11 – Trial PT session example
09:16 – Finishers
09:49 – Warm-up
10:31 – Business tips
11:01 – Recap of trial PT session
11:52 – General tips for coaching the session

In the second part of the video, I show you:

– the exact workout with coaching cues and technique points,
– the exact exercises I’d use
– the sets
– the rep scheme
– the rest period
– the warm-up-
– and even how to end the session with a ‘finisher’.

13:15 – Workout starts (warm-up)
15:26 – A1 – Lunges
16:16 – A2 – Lat pulldown
16:52 – A-series in action
18:31 – B1 – Incline DB Press
19:00 – B2 – Cable row
19:25 – B-series in action
20:17 – C1 – Goblet squat
20:45 – C2 – Seated DB OH-Press
21:16 – C-series in action
22:22 – Finisher option 1
23:15 – Finisher option 2

Watch the video in its entirety to take your personal training business to a higher level, and to know exactly how to do an effective trial personal training session.

If you can ‘wow’ prospects with your coaching in a free session, and if you can effectively show how your services can help someone achieve their fitness goals faster, then selling personal training programs and getting more clients should come easy.

When I started working as a personal trainer, I built up my client base by prospecting the gym floor, offering free/trial personal training sessions, doing consultations, and showing clients that working with a qualified personal trainer is the best investment they can make to achieve their health and fitness goals.

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– Strength is the ‘mother quality’. Focus on strength first with your personal training clients.
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