I understand the guidelines to assist with her maintaining cardio health. There is no osteoperosis ( amazingly), but I am looking for some creative suggestions for safe strengthening. ( she is also intimidated by the Gym environment, so I plan to take her outside when the weather is cooperative, before heavy pollen hits the air.. Thank you for any ideas!
Hey there Laura,
I’d agree with Laura and perhaps encourage an indoor space experience since it is a more controlled environment. For strength I’d also stick to using bands for more eccentric motion which will also encourage more breath control and awareness of breath muscles too. Certainly trees are a great band “anchor” outside. Park benches are good for this too, as well as squats. Be sure there is a place to rest.
Though you haven’t stated age of this mature client,regardless, I wouldn’t train outside with a new client that had health issues until I knew more about their endurance and strength first.
on the assumption that she has been cleared for exercise, the fact that she has emphysema really is not as much a concern for strength as it would be for cardiovascular exercises. After having done an assessment as on an other client, the choice of exercise can be determined by that.
I find that the much-praised body weight exercises are often too challenging for a de-conditioned client (if that is the case) but tubing and bands go a long way.
What I have found, though, that clients who are intimidated by the gym environment often just do not know what to do there. It can be very empowering for clients (and women especially so) to learn to navigate the equipment. You as the trainer can initially be a “protector” and “educator” at the same time. I also observed that other gym members have been very encouraging toward my clients which gave them even more confidence.
Good luck with your client.