So many people go to trainers in hopes of losing an unrealistic amount of weight in such a short time. TV makes it look like it can happen within weeks! When the client is unable to reach that goal they are disappointed, naturally. What do you trainers do to help a client understand this is a lifestyle change and will not happen overnight?
I had a client once tell me that she would like to be able to do a cartwheel, and she was serious. She was also in her late sixties at the time and had never been athletic.
I took a deep breath and told her that I needed to think about how we could break it down into smaller components. We started with an exercise where she let herself drop against the wall as in a dynamic push-up. I told her that we needed to strengthen her wrist bones because the significant sudden weight on her wrist when doing a cartwhell may, in my opinion, break her wrist. After that I suggested that we work on a handstand next. Well ……. we never got to a handstand and my client realized that doing a cartwheel will probably have to wait until her reincarnation into a somewhat more athletic version of her soul.