I have a new client who is recovering from bulimia. She is looking for a weight loss program, toning & strength training. She wants to live a healthier life for her family and children. Her last purge was 9 months ago. She’s been suffering from bulimia for over 5 years. I want to help her achieve her goals without triggering a relapse.
Adding my two cents…
As someone already said, make sure she is medically cleared for exercise by her entire health team. If she is seeing a nutritionist, you may want to speak to that person as well to see how things are going on that end.
If you haven’t already learned what her triggers are, monitor her carefully for any new addictions, such as exercise. Though we all monitor for signs of overtraining, knowing as much about bulimia as possible and having a complete history of your client are your best weapons.
Encourage and open and honest professional relationship and be clear that you cannot continue to train her if she relapses until she is cleared again. That is going to be very frustrating for her, but it’s the nature of the disease. I speak from experience.
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