I just started training my first client at my new job. She is a 50 y.o. female who is overweight and undertrained. I met with her last week and took her through a 20 min walk w incline on the treadmill, followed by some basic body weight exercises. I had her do 6 lunges on each leg and afterwards she said her quads were cramping so bad that she couldnt walk or stand. I wasn’t sure what to do so I had her just sit and do some bicep curls. Later we did some crunches on a large ball and she said her abs were cramping the same way. I guess I’m not really sure what to do in this situation… I find it hard to believe that such little movement could cause such a negative reaction. I’m drawing a blank about what to do the next time we meet because I don’t want to overwork her, but she wants to lose weight and get in shape so she’s going to have to do SOMETHING. Like I said, she’s my first client and I’m used to training myself… so any advice for training super beginners would be great! Thanks!!!
You over did it. Back off. Some great suggests on getting client walking above, start small to see what can be tolerated. Q
You stressed her out first by 20 minutes of incline. I’m surprised her anterior tibialis did not scream.
Good point made above about trust. You need to regain the client’s trust. Ask them for feedback when you ask for a particular performance. Build on their self-efficacy by allowing them to achieve goals, or doable exercises. While you most likely
A trainer gets a history, but also has to be intuitively aware of a client’s potential. This is built from experience. You ask for small steps, evaluate the response, and then ask for more, stay steady, or pull back.
Less is more in the beginning.