Okay…I’m stumped on this one. And I’ll willing to chalk this up to still being fairly new as a trainer. One of my clients has a very weak lower back and lower abdominals. In an effort to build these areas and strengthening them I have her doing the “superman” for lower back and then lower abdominal work that involves supporting her lower back by placing her hands under that area. However, even with her back supported she is still feeling discomfort and can’t complete reps…i’m lost on how to strengthening these specific areas when the exact moves used to strengthen her lower abs and core are causing discomfort due to weakness (i’m in an endless loop). My apologies if I’m missing something obvious, believe me i’m reading and studying and reading up and perusing work out programs…but would very much value some input and suggestions here. Thank you in advance!
Darcy is right on the mark. It can be challenging for a new trainer to see those little compensations that clients are really good at (and don’t know themselves).
Being able to do a full sit up can look impressive but is often only the result of a favorable weight distribution in the body. A person with long legs and more weight below the belly button can often execute those with ease by just relying on hip flexors.
Start her off even just with pelvic tilts and pelvic clock exercises and then gradually move to more advanced ones and see whether she can continue to stabilize her pelvis as she starts moving other part of her body. In the superman, the movement often comes from the lower back (by arching it even more). It takes practice to see that.
You are smart by using this forum to ask others. I am sure you will get more answers.