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?
in addition to LaRue’s comments, you need to make yourself knowledgeable about the nature of the surgery. There is no such thing as a ‘major’ hysterectomy but this surgery can be complete or partial, and there are different ways how surgeons will perform this surgery.
Don’t forget that people respond after surgeries differently. Having had a version of the surgery myself, I was back in the gym for cardio after 5 days and resumed weight training another 4 weeks later, all on my own and without a trainer or even the need for one, even though I was at that time not a trainer yet.
It seems that your new client had a very different experience from mine, and you should follow the physician’s restrictions, if there are any, and the results of your assessment along with the goals of the client.