/mixed feelings on above posts.
I agree that elderly, rehabilitating, injured or deconditioned clients should never be pushed to vomiting. It’ll give them negative associations with the gym as well as not being conductive to their goals.
Athletes should be to a point where their workouts do not pose this threat.
Bodybuilders, powerlifters and strongmen may come to a point in their training where they work hard enough this could happen.
Usually there are a lot of factors to take into account. Sometimes they could simply be sick. Bad food. Etc. There is too much to take into account about a client simply throwing up.
I would partially feel proud that they pushed themselves that hard, as with all the pushing and motivating in the world, if someone doesn’t want to push themselves they will bail, especially true with a one to one situation. I think as personal trainers we should all stop moddy cuddling our clients and actually get them working hard. The fitness industry has become so caught up in protecting the clients and keeping things ‘fun’ and ‘interesting’ that everyone bar few seem to have lost the concept of what exercise is actually about. Clients want resutls, end of story, and most have no idea how to push themselves to get those results, and I mean proper results. If a client feels dizzy or nauseous I’ll keep a close eye but I’ll encourage them to work to whatever capacity they can manage. If they genuinely look like they have gone completely hypo and will take a turn for the worse they I will cease exercise, but that is few and far between. Unless they are diabetic then going hypo suggests an over reliance on carbs for energy and encouraging them to eat more sugar before exercise will not solve this and the body will not suddenly begin to utilise fat after several weeks of exercise. ‘Do no harm’ is a great motto but I also clasify keeping your clients wrapped in cotton wool as doing harm. Just push them, they won’t die, far from it. Push yourself until you vomit, then you’ll find out that it’s not that bad.
I agree with Karin in that I’ve been training clients for over 18-years, and I’ve NEVER had a client vomit during or after training with me. I work with a wide-variety of clients, including young athletes in outdoor heat environments. I don’t expect vomiting when someone is training with me. I would definitely feel badly, but more importantly I would have a conversation with my client (which I ALWAYS do so perhaps it’s why I’ve not had this problem) about the importance of their being candid with me about 1. how they are feeling physically (are you sick) before training, and 2. checking in with me during the training as to how they are feeling.
I hope that this helps.
I had a few clients throw up…one female and one male. My male client simply didnt eat properly and began our session with low blood sugar early in the A.M. and he didn’t disclose this to me.
He got dizzy, all exercising stopped at that point..walked with him to the locker room with an ice pack and towel ready if needed..then sat him down. I made available to him some orange juice and sat with him until he felt fine.
My female client simply drank too much water during her session and threw up afterwards…primarily the excess water.
In both cases our sessions were’nt any harder than normal…just unseen circumsatances.