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!
If you have done an assessment on her that will give you a base to start from. High intensity intervals would be too much for her right now, and I would start with some basic steady state cardio (walking or elliptical may work for her) and introduce strength training to her.
I had a client who was 257 pounds, young, and in good health. We started slowly with things I mentioned above. You may have to modify many exercises for her, as the extra weight puts a lot of added stress on the joints. For example, I started my client with some elliptical training and gradually increased her time. We did wall squats with a stability ball which takes some pressure off the low back and knee joints. I started her on both machines and free weights for strength training. Getting up and down from the floor may be challenging for your client, so you may have to modify any floor exercises as well. Always keep in mind that all the extra weight she is carrying adds to her workout and things may be difficult for her in the beginning. Your client will definitely need a combination of cardio and strength training for best results.
Educate your client on proper nutrition and have her journal her food intake daily. Furthermore, keep encouraging her and motivating her. Weight loss is not easy, and setbacks will happen, but always be a positive influence on her–it’s so rewarding to see changes.