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?
I agree with both LaRue and Karin. I would also recommend that you take it slow and have frequent contact via email, call or text with you client to follow up after the session. It goes without saying that you should have constant feedback through out the session. Checking in to see how she feels, her current exertion level using a 10 point scale and at the end, how she perceived the session to be. How each client responds to exercise after a surgery is different, so its best to keep the doors of communication open to get regular feedback so you can tweek the session as needed.
I usually contact new clients, those who I’ve changed up their workouts based on new goals or feedback or those coming back from injury or surgery, 24-36 hours after a session to see how they’re feeling afterward. What hurts, how is their energy level, what worked or didn’t, etc. I often get more from this follow-up and feedback as well as commitment from the client as they know I care about them as individuals, than during or at the end of the session.
Take it slow. Listen to the outline from the doctor and if you feel you may be in over your head, refer to someone else.