She is five feet, 3 inches, weighs 112lbs, she wears a size 6 on the top but a size 12 on the bottom. She doesn’t have a great sense of balance so she finds lunges challenging, and her knees tend to get painful after a couple of sessions of squats, lunges etc. Her fitness levels are not great either and I am cautious about getting her heart rate up with bike intervals. I am at loss on how to help her achieve her goals. Any suggestions?
That’s a bit of a disparity between her upper & lower body, but no big deal – I’ve seen greater. That’s just her genetic makeup. At 5’3″ and 112 lbs, that would be my guess. There’s nothing you’re going to do about bone structure – that’s what she was dealt. If she was 160 lbs, then I’d say you have something to work with. I’d be curious about what her body fat % is, but I know you can’t go posting that.
I would set some new goals for her since she might not be able to do anything about her hip measurement. She should also get to the bottom of her knee pain – that would be a big help. That should be her first goal. One more thing – if she’s not in great aerobic shape, you might want to have her do some steady-state activity & then progress to interval work when her conditioning improves. Good luck Tonia – keep her motivated & don’t let her get discouraged.