Weeks, days and exercises:
Something we thought about regarding our last post in his How-to mini blog series, is the upper menu. It’s a great thing to know about how your personal trainer business is getting upgraded and ahead of the competition, but you still have all the “old-school” methods at disposal if you either feel nostalgic or just want to mix things up from time to time. The image below shows the options you get when editing a program. We successfully designed a 2-week program for our client Joanna Doe in the last post, so later we’ll go into detail about weeks, days and exercises.
If you remember that the first thing you see when you start creating a workout program is the client selection menu, then you noticed that you can add 1, 2, or 20 clients in a single window to a specific program. Each of the clients in the selection gets their “copy” of the finished program. The one from our last post was assigned to Joanna Doe and therefore was “copied” only once.
Why should I print a program?
This feature is a gift from Mogy, considering all the years personal trainers work with excel spreadsheets and clipboards as the most valuable asset in their coaching career. You can print your program for individual clients and take it with you to the gym if you still like the old way of doing things, snap it into a clipboard and do the workout that way. After the workout, you can easily type the values into the mobile app with the client because the whole printing layout is developed for Mogy users, it’s not a generic template we just found somewhere. A Mogy coach once mentioned this Print preview feature in a genius manner: “This is awesome, even the hipster personal coaches will love Mogy.”
The program overview shows you one week of training (Mon-Sun), with a drop-down menu to the left containing all the programs weeks. Underneath the week selector menu are controls to add or remove weeks and Week actions: Copy current week, Paste copied week and Remove empty weeks.
Selecting a day of the week marks it in blue, indicating that whatever change you make will affect that day. Any exercise added or removed is removed only from that particular day. If we copied a finished Monday workout routine to Wednesday and then changed a Rest duration from 60 seconds to 45, that will change only for Monday.
Remember the cool Edit exercise feature we already covered earlier in this series? We set some default values for our MiniBlog 2 Stage Clean exercise and defined 4 sets of 5 reps and 50 kg (110 lbs) to act as the default settings when this exercise is added to a workout.
Let’s say you want to do a Pyramid Workout only doing the MiniBlog 2 Stage Clean, how to do that if we already set the default settings for the exercise? Do it again, copy the exercise and name it something else? No, Mogy has you covered. We’ll simply open up the + Details in the week overview and you’ll see the deafult settings with the + Add set and x Delete all sets options. That’s what we like to call Exercise Details. It includes a lot of info important to the coach but also the athlete. Sets, Target Reps, Target weight, Actual reps, Actual weight, Target weight calculation methods and the Note field followed with a Delete set option.
All the default values are right there, representing those you just might be using most often. If we want to do a 6-set one way Pyramid Training, we’ll have to add 2 more sets in the details and adjust some Target weights. You’ll notice the double input fields under Target weight, where one is in kilograms and the other one in pounds. They depend on each other, so wether you write into one or the other, the other one is calculated automatically.
This is how a finished pyramid training exercise would look in just a few clicks. If you want to go both up and down, naturally you simply add the remaining downwards weighted sets and you’re good to go. Now, what if you want to assign this same workout program to 3 or 5 clients? It’s probable that not all of them can do a 2 Stage Clean with 125 kilograms. You don’t need to make new programs or copy this one to a new one and adjust the numbers, you can simply change the Target weight calculation method to “% of Bodyweight” under the Calculate the target weight column.
That exercise gets a percentage input under the Target weight column, and a Details button indicating the fixed number weights for each of the clients. Pretty cool, right? If you do that for all of the sets, you get a massively adaptive program for a big number of clients, that’s suitable material for a fitness check program template! Just add clients to the program as they come, and everyone gets a personalized workout promising the same insights on how “fit” your clients are to you!
This is how our Star-coach and WWE Superstar personal coach Rob MacIntyre uses the app, and if you find other cool ways, let everyone know in the comment section below, or just share the post so everyone can get in on the action with Mogy!