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Old 10-21-2008, 07:56 AM   #11
Ivan Wolfe
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Re: Scratching head with my first non-athlete client..

As Rip says, with novice trainees, anything works. Riding a bicycle will cause their bench press to go up.

Some things will work better than others, but pretty much anything will work to some extent.

Of course, caution is called for. But even slow walking and broomstick deadlifts will cause them to improve on everything else.

But I'm not a certified trainer. I'm just going by what I read in Rip's books. Read the section in <i>Practical Programming</i> on novices.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:09 AM   #12
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Re: Scratching head with my first non-athlete client..

As already mentioned, start slow, break things down, like you have been doing. Any controlled movement is good. Slowly increase the intensity, weight, reps, ROM, etc. Don't push the 'for time' yet. Two things that I have seen with my clients are to establish short time frame along with long term goals. It helps with the mental aspect ~ which is most important! The other thing is about diet, I've seen to many clients just cut out their carbs altogether! This is not healthy, have your client fill out a diet log and you review it on a regular basis.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:01 PM   #13
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Re: Scratching head with my first non-athlete client..

Originally Posted by Roger Harrell View Post
Start slow, teach an assisted bodyweight squat. Start teaching the fundamental movements. Very gradual onramp, keep track of everything. Err on the side of paranoia with a deconditioned individual. They'll still make huge gains with CF protocols. Get the nutrition in line straight away.

Do you have any more info on the assisted bodyweight squat? Thanks
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:24 AM   #14
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Re: Scratching head with my first non-athlete client..

The ACSM is/was the Gold Standard of the fitness industry for many years. I personally believe that a Crossfit program will trump an ACSM program as far as efficacy, but that doesn't mean that you can't use their principles to train a client. The ACSM has great pre-exercise testing protocols. Use them in conjuntion with a Crossfit program.

As far as your client is concerned, I would start her in a Foundations/Elements type of program. Get the basics down before you have her do any sort of work set/time set programs.

I have read some really good recommendations from other posters and mine are quite similar.

My deconditioned clients get a program on training wheels. I'll start with a very basic general warm-up on a treadmill, bike or elliptical. Then we proceed to work on push-ups, Abmat sit-ups, air-squats, planks, side planks, bridges, hyperextensions and horizontal pull-ups on a low bar.

When I am confident that their form is acceptable, we take the training wheels off and increase the intensity.

Treat a deconditioned client like a marathon and not a sprint.
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