I have been a Personal Trainer for 7 years and have dealt with all sorts of clients, but there’s a new client I picked up a couple of weeks ago that seems to get sort of aggravated during our sessions. She never complains about the exercises i have her do, but seems to get frustrated and cranky as she performs the exercises. She told me she wants me to push her hard and wants to feel like she has to crawl out of the gym after sessions but It’s almost like the challenge of the exercises, which are circuit-training based and core engaging (she wants to lose weight), get to her so much that she feels like she has to show her emotions. Again, she has never complained or whined about not doing an exercise; she just gets cranky and frustrated at herself, it seems. What should I do? Should I ignore her emotions and continue to push her hard, which her and I know she needs in order to lose weight?
I see that you are an ACSM certified personal trainer.
One of the things that I do when I when I encounter clients who have an unbalanced viewpoint of how I should approach training is to share the science with them.
ACSM resources do a fine job with that. I share with them ACSM guidelines for muscular strength and endurance and well as cardiorespiratory strength and endurance. I help them appreciate what moderate intensity and vigorous intensity is by using the 1-20 scale and explain that the manner in which she wants to train is not based upon science.
I then explain that is not how I approach training and perhaps I may not be the right personal trainer for her. I ask whether the individual would like to utilize scientific guidelines in reaching her goals or does she/he want to just wing it. If he/she chooses “wing it’, I’m out.
Our profession is based upon science, there is no need to dumb ourselves down.
I wish you the best.