I recently met with a potential client who is diagnosed with sciatica, she has had multiple surgeries and presently taking a muscle relaxant and pain medication.
She is primarily interested in Bootcamp style workouts. Are there any suggestions for training this client? Thanks in advance.
You should definitely get clearance and recommendations/contraindications from the doctor, surgeon, physical therapist. and anyone else that is connected to this issue. Bootcamp as a general workout could be too aggressive. I would make sure the medical clearance be obtained to include/exclude exercises that you are considering. You may need to be able to provide information about how each exercise loads the participant. In the case that the client is cleared to work out, be prepared to regress or eliminatie any exercise that initiates discomfort for the sciatica (or any where else really).
I’m sure by now you have a better idea what to do with a client like this one, but me personally I would spend a lot of time in 1 on 1 training to figure out her limitations, strengths and comfortable level of exercising. Also teach her the proper form of different movements before I put her in a larger group.