Optimal health is more than just physical!
Oftentimes, for clients that are experiencing negative feedback, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed, BEFORE physical transformation goals.
💤 Improper sleep or stress management can lead to hormone imbalances that inhibit recovery.
😣Digestive issues can be a sign of chronic stress, low stomach acid, and food intolerances.
🥺Mood, focus and libido changes may be linked to under-eating, hormonal imbalances, gut issues etc.
Ex: I had a new client eating 1700ish calories/day, HIIT boot camp style workouts 6x/week, missing her menstrual cycles, hungry all the time, mood swings, constipation, and poor recovery. Over the last year, we have gotten her calories up to 2500+ per day, switching her fitness programming to strength training with progressive overload (and DELOADs) Her period is BACK! Her digestion and recovery have improved, mood and energy have increased, and her hunger is feeling more controlled. 🙌🏼 So proud of you @brooklynnmarois
The only reason, I KNEW all these things, is because I asked.
Some coaches & programs DO NOT take any subjective or objective assessments before beginning & throughout your program
🚩 RED FLAG 🚩
One of the many variables in fitness program creation is “training volume” (How much you’re doing in a specific time. That can be per workout and within the program itself)
In order to properly prescribe this, a coach needs to understand their clients: fitness level, goals, age, work capacity, recoverability, nutritional status, injury history and life stress.
IF your coach/trainer didn’t ask you any of these things, walk away slowly. 👋 😝
While physical changes are often used to measure progress, monitoring how you FEEL in response to your nutrition and exercise program is also important. It provides insights to how your metabolism is performing and which possible variables to manipulate in order to see improvements. 💥
📝 NOTE: Assessing biofeedback does NOT replace the need for lab work or medical attention. 👩🏼⚕️