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.
Hi Jayne. There are other ways to work your client’s core without having to be on the floor. It sounds like mobility (getting up and down off the floor) may be the real ‘unspoken’ issue for your client. That being said, since you indicate your client says that ‘she knows what she needs to do to lose weight,’ my question is “why did she hire you?” If your client is unwilling to take any of your professional advice and guidance here, the question needs to be asked “what are you actually doing?” If the client has certain exercises, movements and positions that exacerbate existing conditions, or cause pain, then I would find other ways to accomplish what you’re trying to accomplish. That’s our role as their trainer. But if I have a client that is not willing to do any of what I’m recommending, even with modifications, then the client and I need to reconsider what my role is in that type of relationship.