She has a blood iron level of 40 ╬╝g/dL and is 32 years old. Her last physical stated her maximal MET level was 12, but her previous exam stated it was 13.5. Can I treat her workout program the same as if she was did not have a low blood iron level but keep an eye on her symptoms until it is treated?
I agree with responses above. Also be aware that some people have this chronically. Over-trained women athletes for example. Regarding content of workouts:you haven’t mentioned if there is an underlying physical cause for the anemia or if she’s your current client. If you’ve been working with her I wouldn’t change the workouts much, nor increase resistance or exercise difficulty, until the problem is resolved. If a new client I would choose easy whole body strength training exercises with lower resistance and increase rest times if needed. However (might get some flack here), keeping in mind you said “athlete”… with reservations, I would carry on with her usual sports specific workouts and monitor as stated above. You can’t resolve the problem. The client needs proper nutrition counseling and supplementation, as well as treatment by a qualified physician.