as trainers, we have to respect the goals of the client as long as they are not detrimental to their health. It sounds to me that this client recognizes the value of exercise but also the fact that he or she will not do it unless somebody stands over her. In her view, she is meeting her goal by doing just that.
But that does not mean that you have to do the same things over and over. You can progress her even without her knowledge. There are many variables you can throw into the mix to keep a workout interesting and engaging. Adding balance challenges for example as you keep the resistance the same is a progression.
I am sure that this can be the beginning of a beautiful relationship 🙂
Hello Eileen Bochsler,
This sounds like an ideal client and you can tell them so; probably willing to do whatever you tell them. They will most likely tell you what their likes and dislikes are during the training sessions which will help both of you along the way.
I go with how they feel to keep them on the right track. Things will happen which will cause you to change things up, adding to your repertory of programs.
Enjoy your new client.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
This is what I would do, here are a few recomendations
1- Understand your clients goals and needs.
2- Let your client know that you are with them and map out a plan with them, making sure you complete a comprehensive movement screening, and strength evaluations.
3- Create a calendar and hold them accountable
4- Continue to give them an amzing workout, and have fun with it.
lastly, if your client is working towards a goal ie. marathon, tough mudder…. have them sign up and commit.
Hello Eileen, What a great way to start you training career with a client that has a long term commitment to working with a trainer, plus getting one passed on to you. What all the other said are valid points. I just wanted to add that you can do some creative things with them, such as outdoor excursions (i.e.. kayaking, mountain biking, trail hiking) to keep the fun in it.