She had gastric bypass surgery in January 2013 and lost about 70 lbs. She currently eats only 600-800 calories a day, primarily protein. She is active on her own and always has been, generally working out 3-4 times a week (lately closer to 2) in a variety of ways: swimming and circuit training are her favorites. She still has another 50-70 lbs to lose and wants to make sure she’s doing what she can to make her body strong and build muscle. She wants to train with me only 1 day a week initially. Any tips or recommendations for me? My main concern is the caloric intake since I have never trained anyone who had this surgery before and I know her stomach is smaller and can only hold so much. The calorie amount is just really, really low for someone who is going to be working out a few days/week in my opinion, although it sounds as if it has been working for her thus far. Thanks!
Hello Heather Binns,
I would keep a close eye on her, once a week is good to start with.
This is a good opportunity to work closely with her doctor, as well.
The body still has weight to lose; therefore, stored energy for the workouts. Just do not overdo it, use your training, experience and knowledge to take care of the client with RPE communication at all times.
No pain, no gain, does not apply here.
Good wishes to both of you.