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.
I will like to take a different approach at this however hopefully this will be of assistance to you. It might be the muscles utilized to perform the bent-knee pushup are not strong enough yet. You can stick to exercises that she knows well however the same problem remains; the body’s adaptation to the exercise. You might actually want to change their exercise selection altogether and begin anew. For example, do you have your client perform dumbbell presses from the floor or bench? Do you have the client perform Smith-machine bench presses from the floor or bench? If the client doesn’t have preexisting conditions then it is safe to state that you can have them try something like this. Strength increases due to resistance or weight training can lead to gains for other exercises.
If the client’s body weight is an issue then there are only two options; either the client will have to start losing the weight or what I like to do; increase the client’s strength profile based on their body weight. The food journal is a good idea you created for your client.
One more thing you can try is to build the client’s muscle density. When you build the client’s muscle density, you create an armor on their body. This makes their body much more durable & prevents it from breaking down.