I understand this website is a great source of information from many professionals within the industry. However, when asking specific questions regarding a client (ie. What exercises should I do?) it is impossible to answer. We cannot see your client nor have we performed any type of assessment on them. Therefore, not only is difficult to answer it is potentially wrongful.
1) Propose the difficulty and ask where to refer to.
2) Ask where to find out more information regarding specifics (assessment, programming, etc.)
3) Take advantage of resources (IDEA has much to offer) and become more familiarized before working with potential clients.
Would love to hear opinions.
Other fitness professionals may know more about a given field.
Also, many of us have different approaches to the same problems given our experience, knowledge and certifications/degrees.
I’m predisposed to throwing clients in the squat rack, but on here some trainers come up with interesting ideas I’d look forward to trying on a client regarding nutrition or other exercises.
Jason, I see your point, is well made and taken. I will say this, it is good someone is asking a question that we may not be able to answer without certain details about the client, but it is a blessing to have people get led in the right direction. As you know, there are more BAD resources out there than good solid ones. The old adage is there are no dumb questions is true, we should have the knowledge, professionalism, humbleness and honesty to critique as best as we can.
Keep it coming brother!!!
I have to say that it is great to have a way to get out of our own heads when it comes to training situations. Sometimes we just don’t know what to do or we just need reassurance that we’re going in the right direction.
In any case, putting out a client question isn’t for everyone, but if we all learn to ask for help (because not everyone can just read something and “get it”) then it is easier for someone to feel part of the community and that’s it’s okay that they don’t know the answer.