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.
/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.
It depends on what the client ate or drank before the workout. It has happened to a few clients throughout my training career, but I can’t say it made me feel good about it. I have learned to read my clients well and know where their limits are. Throwing up is not a pleasant feeling for them and if I see the signs of that happening then I take appropriate steps to avoid it. But, sometimes it happens and there is really not much I can do.
If your exercising a client to the point of puking…um…well your an idiot! It fulfills the basic needs of a Neanderthal to feel macho about themselves. It’s outdated, dinosaur training. I would like to know at what point tearing down the nervous system is a smart way to train? Somebody please tell me, scientifically, why this is a good thing, other than macho, narcissistic stupidity!
a) I would NOT feel good-clients who vomit are not a badge of honor. A trainer should be able to monitor clients and determine when to increase the intensity or stop the activity (if necessary).
b) I would be concerned about WHY the client vomited. The session may have been too intense but (as Harris and others mentioned), the client may have eaten an hour or less before the session.
A is in the trainer’s court- you should be able to tell if someone looks ill and act accordingly.
B is not directly in the trainer’s ability to control. You can say when to eat and why you leave time between exercise and meals but you will not be with your clients before each session.
Keep your clients (and yourself) safe!