Age is 42, non-smoker, blood pressure is 139/92, glucose level is 93, and her total cholesterol is 200. She has not exercised consistently for 2 years and would like to lose 20lbs. She is not a fan of running, but can do it, and she has never done resistance training besides in a group exercise class. She would like to run a 5k in the next year with friends. She does not know her current body fat, but had it checked a year ago when she wanted to start a plan and it was 26% (she didn’t follow through with plan). She does not have any known cardiovascular diseases or family history of them. Should a fitness trainer require physician clearance, before starting an exercise program?
I would add to the above recommendations/suggestions that since her goal is to run a 5k next year, doing outdoor activities/exercising might be good place to start at. She doesn’t look like she will need a physician’s clearance from the information you have provided and incorporating a program that cardio is the main theme would be an excellent way to go .