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!
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I would also have a conversation with her about this issue. Did she say she was bored or is that your thought? Does she have exercises she likes more than others? I have clients who hate cardio and if we have too many cardio circuits, they lose interest.
Maybe there is something else going on in her life that has diverted her attention? I always try to talk to a client about what is going on when I see a 180degree change in behavior like the one you’re talking about. Most of the time there is something else going on that has nothing to do with our sessions. I then ask how they’d like to proceed. We can add in yoga to close out our sessions if they’re stressed from work. We can train for an event to “escape” a tough situation at home and provide a respite. Just a couple examples.
Let us know how it goes.
Jocelyn and Susan have some good points. Maybe something else is going on and best way to figure it out is to sit down and revisit her goals. Sometimes a good conversation can be a lot more productive than just changing her routine or adding new things. It could be something that bothers her and it might have nothing to do with the workouts.
Harris’ answer makes a group of sense. I think you have to get to know an individual a little better to find out what motivates and inspires him/her. In sports performance, weight loss, bettering the nutritional habits, and even improving your sleep pattern, the emotional issues that change these elements one way or the other plays a huge percentage it them. Sure the physical and mechanical habits from practice and routine can decrease the adverse effects that emotions bring to the table, it is the emotion that is always there, being bridged in all aspects of one’s life.
Thank you all for the great ideas! While I did not post this question – I was about to ask one very similar. I have a 16 year old client who has recently become very uninterested. She trains 3 days a week and we vary it alot – however recently I have found her putting in about 25 % effort. She wants to talk more than exercise & while I let her vent I try to bring her focus back to the workout.
It has been a struggle the last few weeks and know there is more going on in her life than what is being discussed and think this time maybe a sit down conversation is the way to go since changing up her routine is not working.