Difficult clients being those clients who don’t enjoy physical activity. Suggested exercises should be able to be performed in a gym setting with common equipment (medicine balls, body bars, dumbbells, kettlebells, stability balls, free weights, smith machine, and the like). Suggested exercises should also be engaging and aimed at helping clients to see working out as an enjoyable and positive experience.
I really don’t change the exercises but instead focus making it ridiculously easy. I have a current client who is constantly accusing me of sneaking in extra work on her…lol. I believe that if a client’s outlook on exercise changes from “this sucks” to “I can do this” then everything changes. I tend to start these types of clients with a single set of exercises or a single round of a circuit then step it up slowly while pushing their tolerance (work capacity) upwards. The client that keep accusing me of sneaking in work on her has gone from 1 set of 10 body weight squats up to using a 25lb dumbell in each hand (50lbs total) for 3 sets of 14, to leg pressing 290 for 3 sets of 8 reps followed immediately by 40 reps with 200lbs with no rest in only 6 weeks. Yes..I have been sneaking in more work on her lol. I love my job!