I have a new client that I just signed. She was referred to me via email and we agreed to meet face to face for the fitness assessment and the health history. She is very nice but she is 5’1 and weights 80 pounds. She is very thin and frail looking. She wants to do a lot of cardio and I do not feel that is the best way to go. I am open to any advise please. This is my first run in with this type of client and I still want to meet her needs but monitor her health safely.
Hi Kimberly, The above have all gave you very good information. Eating disorders are often the side effects from other psychological factors in a persons life. As a trainer, you will not be able to help this fact. Therefore, your success rate in assisting with her with her fit goals may not be what you expect. Your empathy for this woman is admirable. I have dealt with this same issue a few times in my career. Prepare yourself for the outcome. In my case it was not very nice. There a number of ways mentioned above to avoid training her. Or, you may think you can help her. This is your decision. But, just know that either way the outcome may not be promising for her. I just thought you should prepare yourself. This issue may come up again in your career. Good Luck. Brian Rozzi.