1. Assess the client to see if this is something he/she wants to do (not need).
2. Get a clearance from the doctor.
3. Set attainable goals.
4. Be a great listener, but get your workouts in. The mind training is as important as the physical part.
5. Provide the support needed for the client to achieve those goals. Motivation is the biggest issue with this group (there are exceptions).
6. Keep it simple and fun.
7. Always adjust the program to keep the results coming.
8. Be patient.
Any fitness program should be the result of client assessment information, client input on goals and experience/fears, the trainer’s knowledge/abilities/experience, and constantly reviewed and altered appropriately.
There can be a great deal of ebb and flow for this process, but it should be ongoing for the entire time a fitness professional is working with any client.
And as an additional thought now that time has passed. I just answered a question about getting started on a fitness program. The advice that I gave would be useful here and for anyone starting out.
Schedule activity and work on keeping to the schedule. Plan walks and other movement based activities into a schedule. Becoming good at keeping to a regular exercise schedule is important to success. It doesn’t have to be a full on workout. Especially in the beginning. And the amount of time should be kept manageable and short. Increase the time and the frequency (number of scheduled activity sessions) slowly.
Once you are pretty solid on keeping the activity sessions in your day to day schedule. Begin to add more difficult movment. Seeing a fitness instructor to work on this will also go a long way to doing it right.