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!
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
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.
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.
As Carly said…look into finding another outdoor location and/or getting liability insurance which seems beneficial to you and certainly speak with the other trainer. Perhaps he/she could be educated by a brief conversation with you. What about periodization? Client needs, goals, workouts? These are all good reasons to initiate a call. Maybe you could have a meeting of the minds. This is about empowering our clients and helping people meet goals. I would educate (the client) too and eventually it will sink in. Initially some people won’t do much w/o a trainer and then one day they will. Perhaps this person feels she needs that extra day right now to meet her weight loss goals. Rather than look at the “bad” the other trainer may be doing, think how you can both help the client. As for lapsing certification: you haven’t mentioned details but (thinking positively) maybe they are certified in another discipline? I would ask about it.