I have a client who is 125 lbs with 25% body fat, she is toned and lean except for her mid section. We do Pilates ab series and other Pilates excercises, ab machines, crunches, full sit ups with weights, and we’ve gotten into hoola hooping, still this is where most of her problem area is. Are there any different things we can do? Or some dietary change that may help?
getting the hormones levels tested is a good idea, but in case the client does not want to undergo a test, prescribing a good antioxidant formula is a must for almost everyone in the world today.
keep the solution to the problems simple, don’t complicate. the client will love that. this problem of clients with a thought that weight training will bulk them up is common.
for a basic solution tell her to take 3-4 gms of fish oil, and 4 tablespoons of L-carnitine daily, divided into 2 doses, morning and evening. you will see the results in days.
From the information you have provided and without being too specific (since I don’t have enough information regarding her health history, training regiment, diet plans, etc.) I would suggest that engaging into interval training 2-3 times a week might help her losing more BF%. I believe that a BF target of 20% or lower will eliminate much of her fat around her waist (and her overall as well). Since you have not provided much information about her diet, maybe switching a few things will not hurt. As far as doing cardio for 1 hour 3 times a week I would have her do a higher intensity cardio for about 25-30 minutes each time 3-4 times a week. Adding some sprints drills should also help. I would also add a few other type of exercise equipment such as ropes, kettlebells and other type of cross training. I’m sure you know your client better than anyone, so you can suggest to her the best approach to help her with her reach those goals.
There are many good points on here and while it might not help directly with body fat percentage the spinal extension exercises David mentioned would do a number of good things: assuming that these exercises are considered safe for her they would improve her muscle balance and in turn her strength, endurance, posture, flexibility and possibly self confidence. Just make sure to switch things up good luck!