I have a client that I am beginning with and she used to exercise regularly using treadmill and eliptical machine. She had a major hysterectomy surgery done 8 weeks ago and wants to begin with a trainer to get back into shape. She has not been able to exercise AT ALL, so she is pretty much starting fresh. Any tips/suggestions from any of you out there who may have worked with a client post hysterectomy surgery?
Hi Meilissa. First and foremost I would get a Physician Approval for her to return to exercise. My PA form includes a notice to the physician of all of the potential types of exercise their client may undertake in training and also asks the physician to enumerate any exercise restrictions (if any). For me, this is the most important first step. Next of course would be a fitness assessment to see exactly where your client is NOW, not where they used to be. Oftentimes, clients returning for an exercise hiatus (due to surgery or injury) want to immediately return to their old exercise intensity and level – don’t fall for that one! I tell them that I understand what they ‘used to do, but now we need to take it step-by-step to get them back there.”
Use the Physician Approval (and any limitations thereon), your fitness assessment results, and any information you can glean about their previous exercise history to guide you as to ‘next steps.’ Remember, every client is an ‘individual,’ so even if trainers on this site have worked with such clients, YOUR client may be different, and should be trained as an individual.
I hope that this helps.