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!
Thank you all so much! I have talked to her about goals (her primary goal used to be running a half-marathon, now it’s weight loss). I’ve explained about calories in vs. calories out and while she eats well overall, the calories out part seems to be missing for the reasons I stated earlier. Her emotional state is definitely the issue, but seems to be beyond me. I’ve tried talking to her, re-examining her goals, etc. I think she’s in a place where she’s convinced herself that she’s doing SOMETHING to take care of herself physically (seeing a trainer), but that’s as far as she can/will go. As far as the games go, I’ve tried a few variations already, but she doesn’t like to throw/catch on top of the other restrictions she’s imposed, so even that’s limited. I am hoping she’s gotten her new shoes (thanks, Karen, for the Brooks Cadence recommendation – I’ve passed it along) so we can get back to running…. Again, thank you all so much for your thoughts and suggestions. I’ll keep you updated!