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sample client assessment question

Member is 45 year old female with 31% body fat. She wants to lose 20 lbs and weighs 150 currently. Her last time working out was 15 years ago in college. She has high blood pressure. She sits in a desk all day at the computer.

What should her healthy body fat range be?
What would be some concerns to look for during an assessment? What would you do for an assessment?
What would be a safe workout for her to perform on her first few visits? Please list all variables that would apply based on the information provided above.

Do you have any other recommendations to help her achieve her goals?

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45 year old woman inactive for 15 y; High BP; BMI 31
by: Storm Jackson

Hello,

It is very important to protect your business. You may want to use a PAR-Q along with having the patient get a physical and clearance from her doctor before working with her.

You did not mention the woman's height which impacts her weight and BMI. For instance if your client was Serena Williams - she would show up on the BMI as being unhealthy however; we all know she is in fabulous condition!

Once you have clearance with her doctor then I would set the expectation of what it means to lose 20lbs and that it will not happen overnight. Rather than focusing on weight include nutrition, and drinking plenty of water. Once the expectation is set then I would have her do walking intervals along with calisthenics (using heart rater monitor along with a stop watch). This way it is impossible for her to do too much and push herself too hard which can lead to injury. Instead of her having to do 20 wall push ups - you could ask her to do as many wall push ups in 1 min as she can.

I would see her 3x a week doing walking and calisthenics and on her own she would be responsible for walking 3x per week on her own for at least 30 minutes. She would also need to keep a food, exercise and feeling journal. I would have her do this for 6 - 8 weeks. If she makes at least 80% of her workouts then I would gradually raise her from 30 minutes to 45 for 3 weeks until she is consistent and can workout for 1 hour. To keep her motivated I would have her sign up for a 5k walk/run.

Remember doctor's not first.

Peace Storm

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