I have about 10 obese clients and 6 who would be considered “morbidly” obese. I basic issue that I find is in finding love and acceptance within themselves. I agree with Karin that psychologically they have to learn to believe in themselves and not let the past or what anyone says negatively to and about them become real.
Part of my responsibility as a Personal Trainer is to make exercise and movement both fun, informative and to give movements that are functional to their everyday activities.
For instance, many people who are overweight (especially my females), don’t like doing push-ups. I love challenging them by using the smithbar for push-ups as I can change the height level, they’re not on their knees and the wrist and hands are in a comfortable, yet stable position. After they’ve done about 2-3 the surprised look on their faces are priceless!
One comment that I usually receive it they never could do them before and so after being humiliated in school never tried again. Now…every time we pass the smithbar they ask if they’re doing to do push-ups and how many would I “like”!
Having a Personal Trainer at their side increases mental and physical confidence in ability and accountability to exercise and body acceptance.