I’ve been given the opportunity as a new personal trainer to take on training a friend’s 14 year old daughter as a “client” over the summer. A 4-6 week program focusing on building her strength as she is active in sports (she does not have a weight issue). Her father is looking for approaches through training that will challenge her and keep her interested. It sounds like motivation is also an issue. Any recommendations/resources any one may know of and can suggest would be greatly appreciated! thank you!
Thanks so much to everyone for their replies. My instinct tells me that this motivation is from the dad, not the teen. I made it clear that the first session I have with her will be one on one to talk about HER goals and what SHE would like to get out of our times together each week. Your replies have confirmed for me that my instinct and knowledge is heading down the right path.
In terms of insurance, I am fully insured personally under a trainer policy with a $1mil max coverage. I had client in quotes because the thought that a 14 year old is a client seems sort of odd since at this stage (which is very preliminary) it seems that the father is the true client with expectations. In order to feel i’m standing by my professional ethics my focus will be on the teen and what she needs to build confidence and learn what motivates her.
Suggestions as to the types of activities work best for girls of this age are so very much appreciated. I am a certified bootcamp instructor and believe I have some fun, mix-it-up kind of moves to bring to her. I also plan to incorporate HER musical preferences to keep her connected to the activities we are doing.
If anyone has additional things to add, it is welcomed! Thank you again!