I have a client that I have been working with for almost a year now twice a week. She has turned a 360 with me & I am so very proud of her efforts, motivation & consistency. Heres the problem. We have been doing some of the same things now for a while because I find each time I try to move forward to the next level she physically cant do it. I know she has the ability but for some reason she loses her confidence. I remind her of how far she has come & she gains a bit more confidence but she still cant get through the exercise. I tell her we will try it another time. Any suggestions or has anyone had this experience with their clients. I have been a trainer for 25+ yrs & have never ran into this before.
Ok. That sounds good. The pushup thing might be a grip/wrist or other joint issue. Have you used pushup handles on the floor? When you use the smith bar, are her knees lower than the bar? Or are her knees up on something? Or have you lowered the bar all the way down? I would seriously try to get her doing water exercise. You can really burn some calories in the pool and there is very little stress on the joints. I have some great core and complete body exercises for the water (deep or shallow) that can be adjusted from post rehab to pro athlete. I would also suggest going to higher rep sets to volunteery maximum reps. At least for a while. To change up the energy systeim demands for a while. With my long time clients I switch from low reps to high reps about every month. And try new cardio exercises about every month as well. On the diet issues, I generally go to a RD. But I have had support from RDs to suggest teaching clients to go to a plant based diet/eating/lifestyle. Starting with one meal per day. Teaching about choosing things like greens, vegies and fruits. How to quickly prepare meals for several days at a time. It is a journey. I now have a relationshiip with a physician that started a plant based mindful lifestyle practice here. They also have an RD on staff and do community outreach. But calorie restriction and more fruits and vegetables are the best things to work on for weight loss. Slowly reducing calories while increasing high fiber nutritous alternatives to processed foods. I would be happy to discuss this further if you wish.