Kinda Strong

Sara Fleming

A lot of the discussions we have with our clients are based on setting goals and adjusting our programming to maintain progress.  However, every once in a while, we get some resistance and have to answer questions about what we're doing and why.  If any of you have trained a family member or a spouse, you may have experienced those questions a lot more frequently.  I recently got a very pointed question from one of my clients, who might be my mother, which went something like this:  "Why are we doing this again?  I don't think I like it."

77 years old, 440 lb deadlift.  Don't
try this at home or with the majority
of your older clients.

This particular question came during some moderately heavy deadlifts from the rack, about knee height.  Its the only really heavy lifting I have her do, and the truth is, she could probably pull a lot more, but I am a dutiful and kind daughter, er, coach.  I had to think for a minute.  Not because I didn't know why, but I had to make sure I spoke carefully because even at the age of 39, I don't want to get in trouble.

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