I have a client who regularly spends 3-4 hours working out per day. I do a corporate class at her office and then she had asked me for personal training sessions on days I am not at her office. We started going with this just fine, but she began to tell me all the other things she’s been doing, and finally the last straw for me was catching her at the gym for 4-hours. Straight.
She is obese and has a terrible diet. Initially when she had asked me to train her I had suggested her money would be better spent on a dietitian, but she was not open to the idea. Instead she said she knew what she had to do as far as nutrition and just needed the exercise part. She has not upped her game as far as nutrition goes so she is trying to exercise more to make up for it.
I confronted her about the amount of time she is spending working out and told her I would no longer be willing to personal train her if she kept up at this rate. Things were better for a little while, but she has fallen back into her habits.
How do I address this again in a meaningful manner?
You’ve gotten wonderful advice so far.
See if she is willing to consider yoga, or stretching, or MELT, or other restorative activities as part of her exercise regimen. Exercising as much as she is is going to wear and tear on her joints, not to mention the effect that stress has on cortisol / inflammation.
This isn’t a perfect solution, but it might be a start. If she’s not willing to “go there” with any suggestions about nutrition, maybe at least you can sell her on replacing some of her higher intensity activities with recuperative activities.
I also agree with the idea of referrals.