Effective Initial Fitness Assessment

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There are many ways to conduct initial fitness assessments with a new client. Here at Northwest Personal Training, we have an initial fitness assessment protocol that is efficient, effective and consistent. This protocol incorporates the tests we need to create programming that works and that our clients love.

Points to Consider When Creating a Initial Fitness Assessment


The more tests you add to your assessment the more rushed you might feel. Focus on the tests that give you the most information for programming purposes.


You want this assessment to feel productive, informative and confident. Be prepared. Be comfortable with the tests you will be performing. Study any information you have received from the client prior to the assessment. Do lots of role playing so that you are ready to be at your best.

Assessment Test Ideas

  • Posture
  • Gait Analysis
  • Squat
  • Lunge
  • Pull
  • Push
  • Core
  • Stabilization
  • Flexibility

Remember, the initial assessment is just that….the first assessment of many that you will have with each client. You should be conducting assessments during each session and each move your clients perform. This continually adds to your knowledge of your clients and allows you to create individualized programming for them.
Do you have an initial assessment protocol? 

If your answer is “no”…. you NEED to create and implement one ASAP. Don’t know where to start? Good news. I have perfected the initial assessment and I can share it with you. Using the corporate manual I created for Northwest Personal Training …. I designed a fitness business system to help you run an organized and successful fitness business. This includes all the forms, systems and protocols you need.Implement the business system that I designed and you will find that you work SMARTER, are more ORGANIZED and you will start generating HUGE profits like we do here at Northwest Personal Training.

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Email kari@nwpersonaltraining.com with questions or to request a demo.

Yours in health, fitness & business,
Sherri McMillan

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