I was able to workout with this new client the other day and she kept having to take breaks all the time and then told me she has high blood pressure and is on medicine but didn’t take it that morning so will the next time I see her. She just came with a friend to see if she wanted to hire me and does but I’m concerned about this and what I should do to help her but also don’t want to worry about working her out too hard! I always do some type of HIIT training with clients and don’t want issues obviously! Any help would be amazing!!
I work with clients who do have high blood pressure and they are on medications. I agree with all the others that a medical clearance is needed in some similar cases and talking with their doctor might be required to get a better picture of their condition and also any suggestions/recommendations regarding their patient. I’m not saying that this new client is in that level, but after you talk to her and do an assessment you should have a better understanding with what you are dealing with. HIIT might not be the best choice for this client. A lower intensity fitness program might be a better choice and with continuous communication and documentation with this client it will help you to re-evaluating her program often and then adjust accordingly. Make sure she is taking her meds and if you can take her BP before each workout it would be a great idea. I don’t know anything about her, so you will need to figure out how to proceed.
I hope this helps.
The words you need to hear are “Medical Clearance”. This person needs to get medical clearance from her doctor in writing. She has demonstrated already that she is not adhering to her physicians advice (did not take her meds that day). While this may not lead to a disaster everytime, it could easily lead to something bad happening eventually. A cardiac event is rarely caused by one mistake, it is the culmination of years of mistakes. Protect the client and yourself, get this client cleared to work with you.
it is always tempting to work out with a new client who considers hiring you. It puts you in a funny spot.
I may have lost clients this way, but I never work out with somebody who has not completed paperwork. I do an assessment, and yes, the client has already paid something. Part of this assessment is to take the blood pressure.
One thing struck me about your comment. You mentioned that you always do HIIT training with your clients. While this type of training may be appropriate to some, it is not appropriate to all clients. A lot of clients want to do it because folklore has it that it produces faster results and burns more calories. For them, the stabilization entry level of the OPT model may be a better starting point.
I have a few clients who have high blood pressure
Each time we meet I ask them to take their pressure and also ask them if they have taken their meds.
With your situation I would talk with her, and express your concerns, even now, after the fact.
In the future you may want to ask clients not to bring friends and instead offer a 30 minute consultation for potential clients.
This person could be a potential client that just missed the opportunity to do a workout that is conducive to her fitness level.