How to Track Client Progress as a Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer, it is important to measure your client's progress and keep them motivated. Here are a few ways that progress can be measured.

By HourlyTraining

Published September 4, 2020.

As a personal trainer, it is important to measure your client's progress and keep them motivated and invested in your services. That being said, there is no one correct way to measure progress, as it depends on the goal in mind and should be evaluated on a client by client basis. Here are a few simple ways by which progress can be measured:

The Scale

Using a scale can be a great way to track weight gain or weight loss, however, your body weight will fluctuate daily and depends on a number of factors, such as the time of day, the size of your last meal and how much water you have consumed over the last 24 hours. Encourage your clients to step on the scale every morning at the same time, without any clothes on. They should keep a daily record of their weight, and at the end of the week, work out an average weight for the week. This average weight should be compared every week for more accurate progress measurement.

Progress Pictures

Have your clients take "Before and After" pictures at least every 2 weeks. Often, clients may feel as if their bodies have not changed at all and that they have not made any progress, however, when they compare an older picture with a more recent one, they notice how much they really have changed. Progress pictures are a great way to track any physique-related goals, such as weight loss, muscle gain or a total transformation.

Skinfold Measurements

Skinfold measurements using a caliper can be useful in determining body fat composition changes, however, many clients feel uncomfortable when having their skin pulled by a personal trainer. In that case, request that your client simply measure the circumference of certain points of their body using a tape measure. They should record these measurements at least once per month for comparison.