What are your client’s specific goals? From the initial numbers you have provided, it looks like your client has lost the weight rather quickly. Based on your comment that she doesn’t think that is good enough, my thought is that there are more underlying issues that need to be addressed and more questions to be asked. I would use caution with anyone who wants a quick fix because the chances of gaining the weight back are pretty high. I would revisit her goals and let her know that these changes take time.
Weight loss and changes in body composition should be a gradual thing (1 to 2 pounds per week)–in order to maintain that loss and make permanent lifestyle changes. Quick fixes don’t work for the long run.
Christine gave you a great answer. Knowing your client’s goals it would be make it easier to set a time frame to achieve them as long as they are not unrealistic. Sometimes losing the weight or going down dress sizes might not be enough to satisfy a client. This could be because of other factors the client is dealing with and have nothing to do with fitness or dress sizes. This type of client is hard to make him/her happy because they will never see themselves as a “success”. You can have a deeper conversation with her if you are comfortable doing so and maybe you could get a better idea of what the real issue is. Quick fixes are not a solution to any problem because they don’t last.
What was her starting point (aerobically, strength, overall fitness level, BF%, weight, etc.)? If all of these have improved then she is on the right track.
Hello Kelly Mctighe,
That is too bad; because, it sounds like things are going well, right on track. I wonder if you couldn’t find what makes her happy through small talk and try to incorporate those activities into the program or lifestyle.
I agree that there may be more going on in her personal life that may surface later. Have you suggested, gently, that she see someone to talk to about this?
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
It sounds like you’re doing a great job with her, but one of the things that we as trainers have to deal with these days is the whole “biggest loser” mentality. People are getting conditioned to think that losing 7 to 10 lbs per week is not an unrealistic expectation because they see it on TV. There also could be something else going on there, like others have suggested. All you can do is explain to her about what’s realistic & what’s not as far as training goals go. She’s actually losing more weight per week than I would want to see – I’m a big fan of 1 lb per week. But these days, that’s a tough sale. I’d tell her that there’s a right way to accomplish her goals & an unhealthy way, and for her to get another trainer if she insisted on the latter. Good luck Kelly – you might need it with this one!
every reasonable person would consider this to be excellent progress but you have many people who believe that, once they have lost 10 lbs (or whatever), the clouds will part and they will be happy. In cases like that, even the most perfect of bodies won’t suffice. You mention that ‘she is always disappointed’, and that’s why I believe that there are issues below the surface that have nothing to do with your training.
Just keep encouraging her and try not to link your approval only to her weight loss.