I have a client who trains with other trainers on the weekends. How do I ensure she is getting a well rounded program?
I work in a corporate fitness facility that is only open M-F and I am not allowed to train outdoors on weekends due to liability reasons. My client is very aggressive with her weight loss goals, and after a few months with me she decided to add a "bonus trainer" to meet with her on Saturdays. How in the world do I make sure she is getting a well rounded program and plan our workouts properly? This other trainer has an expired cert and is having her do things I don't agree with. Help!
A. Your certified and the "bonus trainer has an expired certification.
B. Your "bonus trainer" probably has expired or no insurance.
C. You could be held responsible for an injury unknowingly cause by the "bonus trainer".
D. Conflicts could arise in different training methods that you do not approve.
Give her credit for her enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile to achieve her goals however, "more" isnt always better.
Let her know you are not willing to participate in a "dual" training program with a trainer you do not know and let her make her own choice.
If you are really concerned the other trainer is putting your client at risk, you could purchase your own liability insurance, and have your client pay you directly for a weekend session. Just make sure you're not breaking your contract with your fitness facility by doing so.
Another option could be spending extra time writing a program for your client to follow by herself on the weekends. If you've been working with her for a while, and feel confident about her form and ability, there's no reason she couldn't do some strength training by herself.
Hope this helps!
If it gets too conflicting you may have to let her go.
I would also try to be honest with your client and tell her why some of the exercises the other trainer is doing is wrong. Let her understand you.
Then educate, educate, educate while you're training her. If you are doing that- even she should spot the difference between a trainer who knows good form and one who does not.
Do make sure that you let it know a difference of opinion is OK. We have to agree to disagree sometimes, there is more than one right answer. But if something is injurious to your client it's important that you point it out. Your relationship is with your client though- not with the trainer- and if they haven't sought you out - it's odd so chances are that they aren't going to do so.
All too often I see women who think working out more and harder is the way to reach aggressive goals - when sometimes that's causing part of the problem. They are working out harder - not smarter - not resting - not varying. I believe that's where we come is as the "professional". Not just writing a program - but creating and imparting a PLAN.
Like others have said, talk to her about your concerns regarding the other trainer.
Wow, what a tough situation!
You can only control what happens with your clients. Everything the other trainer does is his/her responsibility.
An exception: when the other trainers 'programming' interferes with your session.
You can talk with your client if the other trainer 'recommends' or does exercises you think are not safe. Emphasize why you think something is not safe and if anything else can be used; demeaning the other trainer can backfire-your client may actually defend the trainer with the expired certification!
Hope you are able to deal with this situation!