Clarification: I am working with her on the standard body weight exercises, some dumbbell exercises (light weights), aerobic exercise, nutrition, weight loss, etc. and she’s doing very well. However, due to her lack of coordination, I am trying to incorporate new twists so she doesn’t get bored and continues to improve. Any ideas would be helpful! Thank you!
One does not need to be coordinated to walk or ride an exercise bike, both very appropriate activities for overweight clients. However, I would ask first; what are your client’s goals? Is she worried about her lack of coordination? I would not start an overweight client with any type of jumping until she had a basic level of fitness. Is she getting bored or are you? I have found that I am usually the one bored, not my client. Coordination does improve with practice; even basic patterns. If it is a concern, start very very simply so she does not get frustrated, dance may be too complicated. If she has the technique mastered you can combine bicep curls with squats, or have her do different types of walks; front, backwards, sideways. I have also found that overweight people who have been sedentary are very much out of touch with their bodies: Make sure you tell her which muscle group you are working, and where she should feel each exercise to increase body awareness.