I need your advice,
My client is a 26 years old graduate, She is 167 Cm (5.4 Ft) – 136KG (299 lbs).
What i like about her is her determination and mind set, it was not easy for her to show up to my bootcamp as she was very shy…
now she wants to come on regular bases… but I can see that my bootcamp will not benefit her as much (too intense for her) as If i gave her a one-on-one sessions at this stage (I will do it for free as I do not think she can afford me).. so:
She does not have any medical condition, she said that the weight was gained due to medication last year which she stopped.
putting her on a HiiT program of 30 sec hi intensity and 2-3 min low intensity would do the trick right? but I still do not want to risk any injury to joints or ligaments.
I am not sure where to start with her, what would be a good approach to get her on track ?
PS. stationary Bikes are out of question, wont be comfortable at this stage!
Hi Hisham, Everyone has given you GREAT feedback and the only thing I would add is this:
It’s uncomfortable for obese clients to be in laying down positions and also to have to get up and down a lot ( for some, it’s embarrassing in front of the gym, it’s also physically hard and the extra weight is uncomfortable in those positions).
I’ve found the Cable Cross/Free Motion machines to be very helpful (I use the TRX as well) – But these machines allow for a lot of strength training with variety, multi-plane, compound movements- And the person doesn’t have to go to a prone or supine position. They can also use those machines for a base of support to stretch. You can also get a good amount of work done in a short amount of time.
Hope this helps!
Hello Hisham El Sherbiny,
Good for her, way to go; and you, too.
Are you able to provide regressions and progressions during the bootcamp class? If that is what she wants to do, then let her. It is your job to show the modifications and her responsibility to take care of her intensity level. I would not call this stubborness, rather, a highly motivated person.
Obese people can be very strong because of the weight they carry all day. Go with the flow and keep a strong communication going with her. You are lucky to have someone like her in your class; enjoy her company.
NAPS 2 B Fit
Thanks guys for the feedback,
We have completed 1 week, she is stubborn (in a good way) that she want me to push her more and more..
She is a strong girl, she wants a change…I like this about her,
I am keeping it slightly challenging, keeping in mind her heavy weight comparing to reflected possible stress over joints yet I have also been through some posts from other trainers whom specialized in plus sized females whom advices to treat the clients as to their capabilities not to what/how they look like…
She has participated in 5 of my Bootcamps (modified some moves for her)..so far she has no pain or spazms, she feels more energetic and strong!
What do u think, am I going too fast for her body ?
Ps. I did not get her food log yet, but we spoke about basic nutrition..she claims she eats clean food, no bad oils, small quantities..but I garry see the log first.