Some clients do have unrealistic time frames for goals. I have a client who wants to make marked changes in her body in a month. We have worked together for a month already and she said that she feels like she just wants to run a lot to shed 10 lbs.
I have designed several workouts that target her legs, glutes and midsection. Most of the programs include weight lifting along with Tabata or HIIT cardio. She has limited equipment. The heaviest weights she has are 2 10 lb dumbbells. This I know will only get her so far with lower body transformation. She does have cellulite in her buttocks and thighs. She seems to have a tendency towards this as her mother did.
What would you recommend as far as a program for her in the coming month? I feel like she needs to hit the gym where she can do some leg presses/extensions and such with heavier weights and less reps to actually build muscle and not just depend on cardio for body changes. I think she needs to build muscle first and do some cardio at the same time.
I am afraid that if she does heavier lifting and cardio at the same time or at least on the same day, that she will compromise muscle growth.
My suggestion is that you talk to your client about losing weight in a safe and effective way (slowly–1 to 2 pounds per week with a healthy diet–which is key– and exercise) where she will be able to maintain that loss. It is not up to you get her quick results. I’ve had clients tell me they want this as well, and I tell them that’s not how it works–and it’s not how I work. Losing weight–and maintaining it– takes time, and her diet will be the number one factor in her success.
Her exercise program will be up to you to design based on her abilities. Although I am an advocate for heavier weights, your client can still get a great full-body workout with 10# weights that will do great things to help her gain muscle and burn calories. Again, the focus will most likely need to be on her diet and making healthy choices.
Good luck, and I would not let her pressure you into a situation where you feel obligated to help her lose weight fast. There is no quick fix…she needs sensible, healthy eating and a suitable exercise program which you can design for her. What a great challenge for you!