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!
If she’s willing, have her give you a complete outline of the workout regimen she does with the other trainers. As suggested, if she’s okay with it, speak with the other trainers to effectively collaborate to be certain that your client is getting the best well-balanced exercise and nutrition program you all can design. I would also ask her why is she training with other trainers? Time pressure? Program pressure? Is she perhaps overtraining? These are all questions that need to be addressed.
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.
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.
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