-5 on Wednesday...are you kidding?!

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Registered: 09-25-2003
-5 on Wednesday...are you kidding?!
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Wed, 01-23-2013 - 8:36am

OMG it's cold! So, yesterday, I did yoga and then worked the pup for two hours.  We have the Canine Good Citizen's test on Thursday which I am so NOT ready for - I haven't worked him in 4 weeks.  The funny thing is that if the trainer walked with him during the test, he would pass (all dogs are completely well behaved when in possession of the trainer), so, really, dogtraining, is people training.  Hah!

I so don't want to work in this cold!  Work today, a little training tonight, followed by linedancing.  Tomorrow, I have work, birthday lunch with a gf, dogtraining, and, then, the CGC test.  Friday I have work, and then I go visit my mom and daughter for the weekend.  Friday, I will probably go ballroom dancing, Saturday morning, I will go to spin, run errands, look at apartments with dd, go out to dinner with dd and mother, then Sunday, I travel back home.  Oh, and I just learned that an old friend is in the hospital, so I might have to go visit him this weekend, as well.  :(

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 10:40am

I am doing cardio this morning and i have one client. Tonight, having dinner with my best friend and then we are headed to see Lady Gaga. btw,doing this entry on my phone and i can relate to the issues you all had mentiondx..

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 10:51am

I am always cold anyways so these temps are killing me. I wore a thermal long sleeve t-shirt to the gym last night and did several miles and never broke a sweat. ugg

Hubby is on vacation for 10 days (I am not) so I might be scarce. He will spend all day with the History channel on and every few minutes it's "You gotta see this...." lol It is impossible to get anything done with him home all day!

Karla
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WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 3:11pm

Cold here but not hearly as cold as where you are!  I've been skiing the past few days, teaching mostly. It was in the 60's this past weekend, snow looked pretty bad bu they were able to make snow w/ the cold, Unfortunately, the area lost power yesterday (showed up and wasn't sure it was even going to open) and they couldn't make snow for the past day. It's a big set up since they needed to get it going and it was a scholl holiday and they were expecting big crowds. It would have been so much better if it happened last week!

I realized yesterday that it's been too long since i've had a day off, close to two week if not more.  I'm counting teaching as a workout because it's exhausting picking up kids and skiing up the bunny slopes repeatedly. I'm taking a break but need to get ready to teach step tomorrow.

So, I have this client who is Typa A overachiever. She desperately wants to lose the last 10, debateable that there is that to lose.  She's way overtraining and not listening to me.  I don't want her to hurt herself (She has overuse injuries already) but if every move isn't super intense in training, she's upset.  I can't drop her as a client and if I take it easy, she'll likely quit.  Any thoughts?  






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 4:26pm
Wow, it's 18 in Krakow...heat wave...it is snowing...like always...Jean, for your overtraining client, I think you have to go by what your professional training taught you...Karla, time for a honey-do list. My dad likes to read the newspaper to people. One year my stepmother took a retail job at Christmas, and he waited until she got home to read the Sunday paper...so he could read it to her...FSN - are you happy for your daughter to live in an apartment instead of a dorm? Gymrat - sounds like you are feeling better. It was an act of sheer will to go to the gym tonight...but I did. 10 minute bike warmup, lifting for legs...another better than nothing workout...I really miss my gym...
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 5:06pm

My professional training taught the dangers of overtraining but not what to do w/ a client who does it, other than talking to him/her about the dangers of it.  The problem for me is that I don't get to pick and choose my clients and this person likes working with me.  I was talking to the parkour instructor recently and he said he used to be a personal trainer but got tired of the psychological babysitting part of it all.  There isn't a psychology class required to be a trainer but maybe there needs to be. I wonder if there is a class for trainers. I took psych in high school but it was more learning about disorders.  Maybe there needs to be a counseling component but then again, I don't want to do that.  






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 5:48pm

Yeah, I'm back to logging in twice to get on the board today. What gives?!

Gymrat, the Lady Gaga concert sounds like an awesome show!  And 80 degrees.  Vunderbaar!  Karla, don't you hate watching your dh so relaxed with no work?!  I get so envious of dh when that happens!  When do your classes start up again?  SJ, what is your favorite food in Krakow, so far?  What do you find the most different from your experience in the states?  Jean, you can't help someone more than they want help.  You can either just "go along" with your client, say small comments, or say significant comments to her.  Perhaps the latter, along with the fact that there is higher risks for more injuries with overworking, and that she looks great at the weight she is currently?  Just a thought.  Ultimately, she is going to do what she wants, but at least if you say something to her, you TRIED, which is all you can do.  The most extreme would be to fire HER.  I know of some docs who kick patients out of their practice if they won't follow safe health practices, citing that they cannot help them achieve their goals and won't participate in hurting them.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 6:14pm

I'm back to logging in multiple times, too.  Yeah, you've laid out the alternatives in a simple format. I've tried explaining to her and she is living proof w/ injuries, etc.  You're right, though, that I can talk but it doesn't mean she'll listen.  I've talked to her as has my boss and she isn't getting the results she wants.  Ugh. I can't "fire" her because it's not my company and if I tried, I'd be the one fired!  Part of this is coming from my overall frustration w/ the work right now, I think.  I like training. I don't like babysitting.  






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 8:20am

By voicing your concerns, if she is every ready to "digest" your words, she will remember and be appreciative that you cared...really!  I can recall certain people saying things to me that I wasn't able/ready to digest, and, now, years later, I think of them as angels on my path trying to help guide me.  Me?!  Stubborn?!  Nah.  HAH!

Just keep doing what you thing is "right", and you really ARE making a difference.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 9:57am

Hopefully, it'll come to that! I'm just still floored how obsessive people can get about the last 5 lbs. Sometimes we just have to let it go. It did take me years to get to that point, I'll admit.






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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 1:14pm

There is absolutely a psychological component to training and it can easily lead to babysitting.  

As a rule, I try to encourage healthy behaviors rather than weight loss.  Granted, most of my clients are focused on that but I take every opportunity there is to point out how strong they are, how they can do x that they couldn't do before, etc.  In my experience, most of them half-listen to this.  They agree with me but are still fixated on a number or a body part.  My hope is that my repititions about good health will eventually chip away at the body image obsessions.  (And I throw no stones here - I am still chipping away at my own body image obsession.)  

In your case, if you've talked to her and your supervisor has talked to her, there's not much you can do other than set a personal boundary.  You say something along the lines of "I'm not comfortable continuing to train you because I feel our sessions are becoming harmful to your health."  You can suggest changing the tone of your sessions to a slower paced yoga/pilates-esque/stretching type of workout.  If she won't go for it, refer her to another trainer.  I know this sounds callous, but let her overtrain on her own time.  At some point, this becomes a liability for you (and your facility) when she tears a hamstring and needs a scapegoat.  And to boot, there is a big psychological drain when you're doing something that you KNOW isn't a good idea.