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Old 08-25-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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Member who wants it his way.

So I had my first experience with a member who was unable to get his heart rate up because the pull-ups were very difficult and he had to rest "2 to 3 min" between doing a couple of them. Yet he feels that jumping pull-ups do nothing for him.

What is the best response to someone who believes that every workout should allow them to increase heart rate or that a progression to something is not making them "feel" the workout?
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: Member who wants it his way.

You need to find a way to get through to this member. It's the same thing when someone want to do Fran or Grace, any WOD for that matter as prescribed it the weight does not allow them to do so. Those WOD's for instance, are to be done FAST! 9 min Fran or Grace does not have nearly the benefits we are programmed for than does a scaled version that take half the time.

And what about using ring rows instead, or bands for assisted pull ups? IMO, much better options than jumping pull up.
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Re: Member who wants it his way.

Band pull-ups are still not optimal...however, as I was thinking about it...I should have used ring rows....I'm kicking myself for not thinking quick enough. Thanx for the response.
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Band pull-ups are still not optimal...however, as I was thinking about it...I should have used ring rows....I'm kicking myself for not thinking quick enough. Thanx for the response.
We start with ring rows, then band pull ups, then pull ups.
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Re: Member who wants it his way.

The thing is he has been using bands but the difference between 10 & 15 reps was killer apparently.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:49 AM   #6
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Re: Member who wants it his way.

I want my way too. Doesn't mean I get it.

Explaining to him why you're doing it may help, then having a nice, but firm, mywayorthehighway manner may help?

I have a guy working with me who wanted to negotiate with every weight, rep, and movement, until I finally told him that he's paying me to be the boss right now, so hush up and let me work.
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Re: Member who wants it his way.

Overall he's a good guy. I just think frustration set in. But you do have a point, I am being paid to train and be the boss.
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Re: Member who wants it his way.

Careful with the ring rows. They are great for scaling and everybody can do them, but some clients will try to go too fast and end up pulling with their biceps. Could cause rhabdo at 75+ reps in a detrained client.
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Careful with the ring rows. They are great for scaling and everybody can do them, but some clients will try to go too fast and end up pulling with their biceps. Could cause rhabdo at 75+ reps in a detrained client.
Why would you have a detrained client doing 75+ reps of *anything?*

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So I had my first experience with a member who was unable to get his heart rate up because the pull-ups were very difficult and he had to rest "2 to 3 min" between doing a couple of them. Yet he feels that jumping pull-ups do nothing for him.

What is the best response to someone who believes that every workout should allow them to increase heart rate or that a progression to something is not making them "feel" the workout?
Previous suggestions were good. Just wanted to to add to them. How about a time cap and a penalty for not finishing under? Tell him how you want him to scale it (maybe he does as many pull-ups as possible, then does them banded or does ring rows?) ahead of time, that way he won't get frustrated mid WOD and want to slowly grind through it.
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