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Exercise Tips for a Gym PT

 Always give your clients something new that they wouldn’t do by themselves.

Challenging games are great for clients and really make you stand out. We have a whole article on this:

Challenging games

Explosive medicine ball exercises

Getting your clients working explosively is a great change to a routine. It uses maximum power and really gets them working.

Try new, exciting exercises with your clients, such as:

  • Slams (slamming the ball down to the floor with as much explosive upper body power as possible) – great for stress busting and really good fun
  • Chest pass (netball-style to work on upper body power)
  • Wood chops (low to high or high to low; do it standing on a bosu for an advanced option)
  • Side passes (great if you are doing a group PT session, get your clients to stand side by side and pass the ball along the line keeping their hips still – works the obliques)


Is great fun, almost everyone enjoys it. Make sure you are always teaching your clients, giving them one teaching point per session to focus on like:

  • Ducks,
  • Uppercuts from the hips
  • Keeping their guard up
  • Blocking
  • Hooks
  • Quick jabs
  • Footwork

I recommend going along to a few boxing or kickboxing classes; you’ll have fun and learn lots of moves for your clients.

Stability ball exercises

You can use the stability ball as an alternative to a bench for exercises such as:

  • Bench press
  • Tricep extension
  • Chest fliers
  • Seated bicep curls
  • Seated shoulder press…

You can also use the stability ball for a wide range of core exercises, which your client will love.

Try and introduce new exercises regularly, progressively making them more difficult.

Kettlebell training

This is ideal in the gym environment providing you have enough space around you. Kettlebells are unique and exciting. They are great fun to train with and give amazing benefits to your clients’ strength and CV fitness.

Get your clients training with Kettlebells only or add it into circuit training combined with sparring, skipping and core work with medicine balls and exercise balls. You can create a fun, challenging and varied session without using any standard equipment.

Get your clients off the treadmill, be the PT in your gym who refuses to use cardio equipment. There are loads of alternatives.

SAQ (speed, agility and quickness) work, using speed ladders and hurdles is great for this, including shuttle runs, step-ups, lunges and lots more.

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