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.
Christine gave you a great answer.
Sometimes we have to have the kind and compassionate voice while asking the tough question, “Do you want to visit your results, or do you want to live there?” There are a bunch of crazy crash diets out there that might get her that 10 pound loss, but none of them are healthy and over 95% of people who drop weight without addressing the underlying habits that made them heavy in the first place just gain the weight back.
Ultimately, she needs to accept accountability for her results as you won’t be with her for the other 23 hours a day on training days, and not at all on non-training days.
Maybe take a look at what has improved in her first month. Maybe it’s not a weight drop, but her clothes are fitting better, or she’s responding better to stress, or she’s sleeping better, or she has more stamina throughout the day. All of those things are results. The scale is just one measure.
Definitely work her hard and give her the best lower body exercises that work with the equipment that she has, so you’re giving her part of what she says she wants. But at the same time, do as much as you can to help her see that a long term approach will yield more sustainable results.