I work in a corporate fitness facility that is only open M-F and I am not allowed to train outdoors on weekends due to liability reasons. My client is very aggressive with her weight loss goals, and after a few months with me she decided to add a "bonus trainer" to meet with her on Saturdays. How in the world do I make sure she is getting a well rounded program and plan our workouts properly? This other trainer has an expired cert and is having her do things I don't agree with. Help!
Another option could be sitting with your client to review her “aggressive weight loss goals” and talk about the PLAN that you have designed for her – educating her to the fact that you actually have a plan to help her reach her goals and it’s not just a plan for the days she’s with you – but also when she’s not – can go a long way to her understanding and trusting you with her fitness plans.
All too often I see women who think working out more and harder is the way to reach aggressive goals – when sometimes that’s causing part of the problem. They are working out harder – not smarter – not resting – not varying. I believe that’s where we come is as the “professional”. Not just writing a program – but creating and imparting a PLAN.
Good point Dennise emphasize rest after intense workouts and resistance training and make sure the other trainer isn’t overtraining her on some of the same exercises you do. Seems like we’re all on the same page break the science down into layman’s terms and make sure she understands how to get the most from each week.
1st, immediately speak with a client, in this situation, about anything you feel is incorrect and/or inapropriate for their given goals. Be able to explain why you feel that way. If your science is accurate then the holes will just magically appear. If this client won’t see the facts, cut them loose! They have just crossed into liability territory and what that other trainer does can be held against you. If they do see the logic but still wish to train with the other trainer then contact that trainer and start forming the most productive collaboration. I know I chimed in late but this is improtant for anyone in this situation to understand
Its your clients choice to do as she wishes on her own time, nevertheless I would cease ongoing training with her. She should decide what is important to her health and wellness and you can help her with her choices.
A. Your certified and the “bonus trainer has an expired certification.
B. Your “bonus trainer” probably has expired or no insurance.
C. You could be held responsible for an injury unknowingly cause by the “bonus trainer”.
D. Conflicts could arise in different training methods that you do not approve.
Give her credit for her enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile to achieve her goals however, “more” isnt always better.
Let her know you are not willing to participate in a “dual” training program with a trainer you do not know and let her make her own choice.
If you are training her well during the week, encourage her to use the weekends for recovery. If she gets antsy with nothing to do and feels like she needs to move, then design a light program for active recovery. i.e. bodyweight movements, stretching, etc. Something light to allow for recovery, but provides her the psychological relief that she is “doing something”. This is good time to educate her that recovery is just as important as the exercise.
Like others have said, talk to her about your concerns regarding the other trainer.