I have an overweight female client who is not coordinated at all (!) and just starting out. Suggestions?
Clarification: I am working with her on the standard body weight exercises, some dumbbell exercises (light weights), aerobic exercise, nutrition, weight loss, etc. and she's doing very well. However, due to her lack of coordination, I am trying to incorporate new twists so she doesn't get bored and continues to improve. Any ideas would be helpful! Thank you!
In any event, the long and short of it is "challenge your overweight client!" If you do this safely, in logical progression, and within their own personal capabilities you will find that your client will not be bored, will rise to the challenge and will come to appreciate not only being challenged and not coddled, but also gain confidence in their own abilities.
The KEY is to work within your client's physical capabilities, while at the same time still challenging them!
I hope that this helps.
That's great for your client to go through this for a better life.
You could try doing alternate bicep curls, then one side at a time, etc. with all the exercises until she becomes more coordinated. Incorporating dance steps for cardio should help, too. How is she with jumping jacks or skipping? That could be a good practice move, as well. These are all simple enough to start with, for now. Jump rope will do the trick, also, just start without the rope for now.
Take care and enjoy watching your client make improvements.
Be patient and pay attention to "over correcting" her.
Stay with basic moves: Begin with one move then slowly add another once she is proficient with the basic move. If she can't do all of them together, back off and start again, she will eventually "get it"!!
it is important that your client always feels successful, and if you want to add challenges, make sure they are just within grasp. For example, when performing a seated exercise, have her sit on a ball. Then ask her to lift one leg while doing the exercise. This does not require coordination but a fair amount of core stability. I have also added dyna disc to familiar exercises or had clients stand on one leg.
Some people have a hard time with coordination (just watch otherwise fit people on the dance floor or in an aerobics class). They are okay the way they are.
It won't take much for an extremely deconditioned person to reach an effective aerobic heart rate. A simple walk while balancing something on your head can get a heart rate up to an aerobic heart rate zone. it also promotes stabilization, coordination, while also allowing for focus on breathing techniques.
Try to get her up to 130-140 beats per minute for 20 minutes. See what activities can get her there. THEN, start adding stabilization and coordination pieces.
Perhaps, you can use a pool. This allows for less of a need to stabilize upon foot impact. Less balance is immediately needed in water as we weight about 1/7 less of our weight in water.
If she is not coordinated, I would avoid pre-structured formats. I would probably use lots of light-weighted tools. Create a game in which she has to reach forward, reach down, walk-over, jump over, and pick up objects and obstacles. She will get a work-out while she is having fun instead of being confused and frustrated by having to learn a pre-set movements.
For the clients with coordination issues and memory issues, try to work outside a box :-)