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!
I am with those who believe that there is more here than just boredom with exercise.
One thing you did not mention is the age difference between you and your client. If there is a great discrepancy, your client may not be comfortable discussing emotional issues with somebody much younger, and at that point in time, there is little you can do about it.
If she is at present in a place where ‘she does all she can do’ then you have to meet her where she is.
You cannot always please a client, particularly when she has decided to be unhappy. You can only do the best you can do and remind yourself that you are not responsible for her emotional state.