Hi, I have a 69-year-old female client whom I’ve just started working with. She wants to lose about 20 pounds, and tone and strengthen. While I understand that our hormone profile changes as we age, especially after menopause (and she’s had a hysterectomy), and the trim silhouette we had when we were younger, if at an ideal weight, can be more challenging to maintain. I get it.
Nonetheless, my client doesn’t want to do planks, push-ups, Russian twists or really anything on the floor to tighten her core. She also doesn’t want to do squats or lunges because she doesn’t want to aggravate her hip bursitis.
I’m a bit frustrated coming up with exercises to strengthen her core and back. She also says she knows what she needs to do to lose weight — it’s a portion control issue, she says — but have a feeling that she’s not up for problem solving her weight issue. Any suggestions for exercises or how to deal with her to maintain a positive client relationship. Thanks.
Thank you all for your great comments and resources. I am checking them all out! I am already starting to modify my workouts with her and think outside the mat! In many ways, however, I think she is just stubborn.
BTW, I am also a nutritionist, and I don’t think she is truly committed to losing weight. She rolls around in her head what she needs to do but isn’t willing to problem solve on a micro level the barrier(s) that are preventing her from eating too much. She has a portion control issue. I can open the door for her, but I cannot walk through it.