How fitness instructors can use ChatGPT to create customized training plans

ChatGPT has a wide range of applications for professionals in various fields and the fitness industry is not left out.



A popular use case of ChatGPT in fitness is creating custom training plans. Fitness instructors with many clients can take advantage of this to streamline program planning and free up some of their time on other important aspects of their jobs. Read on to find out how you can use ChatGPT to ease your workflow as a fitness instructor.


Enter the client’s goals and current fitness levels

ChatGPT is a great way to create a personalized training plan if you explain exactly what your client wants to achieve. The intensity of the workout can be different for people, depending on their gender, age, size, and goals. For this you have to be specific.

In the image below, ChatGPT has created a workout plan for a 25-year-old who wants to build muscle fast.

Training plan required for 25 years

Simply entering the client’s goals and current fitness levels as you ask ChatGPT to create the training plan is a good place to start. Once you’ve done that, you can use other tips and measures to create a more comprehensive training plan.

Include preferences

You can now ask ChatGPT to consider any other preferences your customer might have. Does the client prefer workouts at home or at the gym? How much time can they devote to training based on their schedule? Do they like group training plans or do they prefer to train alone?

Modified training plan for 25 years

You can also give the AI ​​insight into other forms of exercise your client wants to engage in, beyond the one that predominates in the plan. For example, the client might be an avid golfer who plays golf several times a week, even though he is looking to gain muscle mass at the gym.

Considering all these factors, you can create suggestions to guide ChatGPT in creating a more personalized training program.

Use a long prompt

Long prompts are a way to get ChatGPT to prescribe a plan without breaking the spec into several commands. You can enter all information about the customer: his fitness goals, fitness levels and training preferences and ChatGPT will provide a training plan with details.

Here’s an example of a long prompt:

“Madi is a 16-year-old who wants to improve athletic performance while playing high school football. At the same time, she wants to gain muscle mass because being big is an advantage in her sport, so she wants to incorporate some muscle-building exercises. However, all she has is a barbell and some plates.She has a workout plan focused on building muscle that allows her to train three times a week.

Madi's training plan via GPT Chat

Long tips are great if you have many clients across a range of fitness specialties and goals. They save your time because you just need to collect all the customer’s special information and send it to ChatGPT in well-formed sentences. Not providing context is one of the ChatGPT prompt errors that long prompts can help you avoid.

Review your training plan

Your experience as a fitness instructor really comes into play here. You need to review ChatGPT’s plan and make adjustments based on your knowledge of your client’s needs, as you shouldn’t rely entirely on AI for health or fitness recommendations.

In some cases, the client’s goals aren’t specific enough, even after multiple requests, and you don’t find out until you see the workout plan. Being a fitness professional, you can now include important details previously omitted and make the training plan more suitable for the client’s goals.

It’s also a good idea to adjust your training plan based on rest and recovery. If you previously entered that you want the customer to train three times a week, ChatGPT may incorporate rest days that don’t match their schedule.

Therefore, since rest days need to be planned correctly for optimal fitness, it may be necessary to adjust the plan according to the client’s schedule. You can instruct ChatGPT to reschedule rest days or reschedule them yourself while adhering to the AI’s exercise suggestions.

Adjust the plan to make room for progress

From time to time, you need to review the plan and make changes to meet your client’s growth. Based on what you’ve noticed from your clients’ reports of how they feel during and after training or watching them train, you can instruct ChatGPT to modify the training plan it has created.

Increase the intensity of your workout

If your client is getting used to the current intensity of their workouts, you can copy and paste the previous training plan into ChatGPT and ask the AI ​​to create a more intense version. Then, you’ll get a whole new workout with ChatGPT, adding more reps and sets to exercises or creating harder alternatives.

Intensified training plan via GPT Chat

For example, ChatGPT modified the 25-year-old man’s home workout plan to make it more intense. From the image below, you’ll see that he’s replaced regular pushups with plyometric pushups. And instead of axes, he prescribed axes with taps on the shoulders.

Add other forms of training

With changes in muscular endurance and general lifestyle over time, your client may need to engage in other forms of training and exercise. For example, if they now have access to gym equipment but only once a week due to their busy schedule, you can modify a home workout program to include one day at the gym a week.

Chat GPT including a day at the gym for a home workout plan

Additionally, you can ask ChatGPT to add cardio, conditioning, CrossFit or mobility exercises to a training plan for an all-encompassing approach to fitness, depending on your client’s current needs and preferences.

Vary the exercises

To avoid monotony and keep your client’s motivation high, you can also instruct ChatGPT to vary the exercises. While this is similar to increasing exercise intensity, it is completely different because it only involves creating alternatives, not making the exercises harder.

You can use this initiative for times when your client is losing consistency, as it adds a little spice, making their workouts more interesting. ChatGPT has many suggestions for workouts and exercises, so you can keep experimenting until you find something you like.

Remember to let your expertise shine

ChatGPT is a great tool for doing just about anything, including creating awesome workouts. However, it cannot fully replace your experience as a fitness professional. There’s more nuance to creating a custom workout plan than ChatGPT can handle. The AI ​​may not understand the context adequately in some situations, even after trying to explain in your prompt.

In other situations, it might be easier to fix or include something yourself instead of instructing ChatGPT. Either way, carefully review the AI ​​suggestions and be sure to remove any that don’t align with your client’s goals.

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