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!
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.