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!
Due to her weight and after a complete assessment, I’d start with a steady state cardio and stability plan for her. Creating positive experiences around exercise and getting her into the habit of daily exercise. HIIT may be too difficult to start with based on her weight, stress on joint and cardio respiratory system, unless really modified. You want to start by creating a positive, stable foundation, then build.
Nutrition needs to be addressed right at the beginning. If you don’t feel qualified to do that, then refer out to someone who can put her on a nutrition plan for health and weight loss. It should include an element of educating her on proper nutrition, food prep, pantry staples, etc, not just a meal plan.
Don’t forget behavior modification objectives as well. What we choose to eat or do is not solely based on what we do or don’t know about nutrition or exercise. There are lts of experiences, fears, judgements, etc that go into the choices we make. If those are not addressed, she’ll regress.
Having a motivated client is huge. Now your part is to keep her motivated and help her reach her goals.