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!
If she is not coordinated, I would avoid pre-structured formats. I would probably use lots of light-weighted tools. Create a game in which she has to reach forward, reach down, walk-over, jump over, and pick up objects and obstacles. She will get a work-out while she is having fun instead of being confused and frustrated by having to learn a pre-set movements.
For the clients with coordination issues and memory issues, try to work outside a box 🙂
Feeling accomplished is important, but results is what motivates us. The most important piece of equipment you and your client can invest in is a heart rate monitor.
It won’t take much for an extremely deconditioned person to reach an effective aerobic heart rate. A simple walk while balancing something on your head can get a heart rate up to an aerobic heart rate zone. it also promotes stabilization, coordination, while also allowing for focus on breathing techniques.
Try to get her up to 130-140 beats per minute for 20 minutes. See what activities can get her there. THEN, start adding stabilization and coordination pieces.
Perhaps, you can use a pool. This allows for less of a need to stabilize upon foot impact. Less balance is immediately needed in water as we weight about 1/7 less of our weight in water.
it is important that your client always feels successful, and if you want to add challenges, make sure they are just within grasp. For example, when performing a seated exercise, have her sit on a ball. Then ask her to lift one leg while doing the exercise. This does not require coordination but a fair amount of core stability. I have also added dyna disc to familiar exercises or had clients stand on one leg.
Some people have a hard time with coordination (just watch otherwise fit people on the dance floor or in an aerobics class). They are okay the way they are.
Sometimes it helps to actually do the exercise along with your client or have them look in a mirror.
Be patient and pay attention to “over correcting” her.
Stay with basic moves: Begin with one move then slowly add another once she is proficient with the basic move. If she can’t do all of them together, back off and start again, she will eventually “get it”!!