Just wanted to thank you all again. I had a really good heart to heart with my client last night. She was able to express her concerns about her stability, strength and everyday functioning. We come up with some ways that she is comfortable with to measure her progress! She is very motivated and excited.
I feel all have very good answers for you. I just want to add to make sure they have seen a doctor in recent. And, to keep in mind any health issues they make have. I am sure you want to really help this person. He/she has come to you, that is a first step. Be calm and support. Good luck, Brian Rozzi
This is actually a common issue with women who have yo-yo dieted in the past. The scale can fluctuate greatly, so in a way it is refreshing to see people opt out of using the scale as the holy-grail.
I think pictures are a great alternative, as is having the client try on one pair of jeans weekly and document how they fit.
It is also soo much more important that the client FEELS a difference in his/her body. While physical change is a major, undeniable component, having the client understand that exercise and lifestyle changes actually FEEL better (after the first couple of weeks of pain) is huge…that’s when clients really GET it, and want to stay with this as a lifestyle.
I had a client who refused to have me measure him until I suggested that he not look!
Everyone has their own path, their own way of doing things.
Some will measure by how their clothing fits, others by their increased energy level
Once confidence is increased your client may be more willing to face the truth tube
Thank you all for your feedback. I’m actually very close to this client, she is a family member of mine….sorry I should have mentioned that maybe. For February I have a put program together that shows her progress in reps/weights/time so I will have use that as my tool for now. Although she did agree to “maybe” do a few pictures to use as a visual. 🙂 I won’t push the issue though. Thank you all for your suggestions and comments. I think I was getting tunnel vision. Sometimes it’s easy to do when you know the end result can be so rewarding!
Have a great day!