I am starting to work with a 16 yr. old girl who is obese. Other than the BMI for age growth chart, could you use the bio electrical impedance method for figuring out her fat %. I have worked with children and teens in the group fitness setting (fitness classes) but never really worked with one as a personal trainer. Any experienced advice is appreciated as far as fitness assessments.
Hello to you,
There are various formula for a “Body Composition Assessment.” Finding the one you are most comfortable using is another thing.
What I have found in my work with obese people in general is not age specific. They have mirrors, eyes, ears and emotions. My Opinion: any method used will present inaccuracyd epending on how obese the young lady is. Best best is if you’re in a college town, see if the university has a “dunk tank,” sorry 4got the scientific terminology…
Obese, mentally challanged, disabled, whatever…people know when they are being patronized, shunned or being made the joke, in general. She walked into the facility knowing it ain’t a candy store. Find out if it was of her own free will or the parent/s injecting. “If her heart aint in it, you may get training hours but not too much in way of results.
Either way befriend her and don’t try to dodge around her present condition, be suggestive with positive mental imagery & verbage. Don’t allow her to be negative, even to herself in your prescence. Offer her imagination every session. If it is positive and to her liking she may jump on board with the programe and exceed expectation (hers & yours). Offer what you think she doesn’t get from her immediate support team (friends & fam).
This is what has been beneficial to me in these instances. If it cant be fun, make it beneficial. If it can’t be beneficial, when are we here…
When I did leagal work they told me to detatch my feelings from my cases. In fitness, it has been on of my gresatest assests since I shoot straight & from the beginning of any relationship I have I make sure people get an idea about my character.
Be her angel if she allows you…