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 had one client, regardless of what we did, she brought zero energy and was so disinterested I seriously thought about dropping her. But, I decided to challenge her in a way that either she was going to perform or walk away. I had her focusing on cardio drills along with BOSU only exercises. This forced her to focus on her cardio and balance.
After a few sessions of this it was like a new person had come aboard. We never talked about how she was prior to the new change in exercise routine, but I did not care. We overcame a barrier and moved forward.