I have a client who was doing great – motivated, progressing, etc. Suddenly, there are complications: she doesn’t “like” to sweat, she can’t jump because her arches hurt, she won’t work out on her own time anymore. She’s getting new shoes, which will hopefully address the issue of her sore arches (and therefore opening up new exercise opportunities during our sessions). However, she’s “bored” and wants to do other things. I’ve been working on the major muscle groups with her, using a variety of full-body exercises, along with more traditional strength and resistance training. She’s happy with her muscle tone and likes to see her progress there. Her current goal is weight loss.
Any ideas on how to motivate her? Any ideas on finding new “fun” exercises that she can do within these new limitations? It’s very frustrating because I feel like she’s her own worst enemy and needs to give a little (but not with pain), but I also want to make her happy and find things for her to do that she’ll enjoy.
Thank you for any advice!
Hi Alissa. I utilize exercise ‘games’ with my clients (intermingled with traditional exercises) to keep things fresh and fun. In my 20-years of training this has served me well with clients of all ages (I have worked with clients as young as 6 years old and as old as 85). The games provide new challenges, an opportunity to laugh and smile while working out, and serve to ignite the ‘competitive spirit’ (even if its with the client against themselves). Interestingly, one of the common-themes that I’ve received from my clients in soliciting their ‘testimonials’ is how their programs are “fun, challenging, and never boring.”
My advice: try fitness games and challenges.