The best fitness trainer may not be an effective plus size personal trainer. To achieve success with a plus size or big & tall client, a trainer needs to know how to motivate the larger client and how to select fitness activities that will be effective to meet the needs of the client.
Once you decide you want the help of a personal trainer, you are looking for understanding, direction, motivation and fitness success. You are not looking for body shaming, unrealistic weight loss goals or embarrassing impossible body movements.
Even though personal trainers are usually certified in the actions required to successfully help a client, not all personal trainers have experience in working with larger-sized clients. The successful plus size personal trainer will know how to set goals, establish a fitness program and motivate a larger client.
Key Questions to Ask a Potential Plus Size Personal Trainer
- How important is weight loss? Avoid the trainer who wants to set a weight loss goal or who tracks success only by weight loss. Instead, look for the trainer who tracks your success by setting performance goals to become strong and fit.
- What will fitness do for me? Look for a trainer who responds with goals such as having more energy, being more mobile or feeling stronger. Avoid a trainer who uses fat shaming goals such as look better in your clothes, look younger etc.
- What kind of fitness equipment do you use? A plus size personal trainer will use a combination of low-impact exercise equipment such as a treadmill, reclining cycle, weight machine, exercise ball, chair yoga, and water aerobics. Avoid a trainer who wants you to do something that makes you uncomfortable such as lifting weights while laying on a mat on the floor.
- Have you always been fit? How can you relate to someone like me? Look for a trainer who talks about personal struggles that they have had. These struggles will help you decide whether you can trust them to understand how you feel.
- How do you motivate clients? Look for the trainer that starts with the easiest form or level of the exercise and lets you achieve this level before moving on to the next level. This will be motivating than telling you that they will develop easier versions of exercise routines that they use with smaller clients.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions of a prospective trainer. You need to trust a trainer and the best way to build trust is to know what motivates them personally and what they plan for your fitness program.
To Increase Your Fitness Success
Once you decide on who you want to use for your plus size personal trainer, be sure that you are ready for your first session. Be prepared to wear comfortable clothes and a supportive sports bra. Check out the great plus size fitness books for more tips, ideas and goals to share with your trainer.
Need more health & fitness info? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size health & fitness posts.
Plus size living is getting easier. Restaurants have more seating options for bigger bodies. Outdoor seating accommodates larger bodies. Car seat belt extenders are easier to find. Furniture is designed to be more size-friendly. These changes and many new products are the result of many men and women vocalizing their needs and making it easier for plus size living.
Great Products for Plus Size Living
There are hundreds of new products…but, here are three that will certainly make your life (or someone else’s!) easier and more fun.
Bigger Bike Seats
Biking was the favorite activity of many kids and they still love it as an adult. Some bike for the exercise or to save the gas cost of going to the corner store. Others bike for exercise or to have a chance to see life at a much slower pace. (No more whizzing around the corner in the car and wondering “what were those great white flowers?”) But, some larger-bodied riders have to curtail the length of their ride since their big adult rear end tends to go numb on a standard bike seat after a short period of time. Solution: An Easyseat II Bike Seat. It is a padded 2-part seat that alleviates numbness. Tip: Put one on your exercise bike too!
Bigger Bike Helmets
Bigger bodies also tend to have bigger heads, causing a standard bike helmet to feel like your forehead is in a vice. Solution: The Bell Kinghead Triton Bicycle Helmet. Now, if they would just make them in red!
Curved Shower Rods
There never seems to be enough room to twist and turn during your shower without the wet curtain being all over your soapy body. Solution: A curved shower rod that extends 6″ outward in the center. Now, with this rod and your current shower curtain, you have enough room to enjoy your shower.
Bottomline: Don’t stop living because life doesn’t seem to fit your plus size body. Check out the many furniture, outdoor living, fitness, personal care and travel items available on [thirstylink ids=”6756″]Amazon[/thirstylink] that are designed for the larger or taller body. Need more info on living as a plus size woman or big & tall man? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size living posts.
Plus size exercise equipment is designed to meet the weight support needs of the larger body. Exercise machines are constructed with stronger supports and connections. Inflatable exercise equipment have thicker sides and stronger seams. Equipment that requires seating, such as cycles, have wider seats that are securely attached to the equipment’s frame. In general, lighter weight equipment can buckle and break, often causing injury.
Types of Plus Size Exercise Equipment
Fitness experts have identified several low impact, high-result pieces of exercise equipment for the larger exerciser. Here’s a list of some of the most frequently recommended:
- Exercise Ball – Sitting on this big ball is great for balance and strengthening your core. Or, by laying face-down on the ball, you can elevate yourself off the floor while you lift arm weights.
- Water Aerobics Fitness Equipment – Foam dumbells provide a waterproof way to carry your weight training into the water. Noodles provide buoyancy to your body while you stretch and move other parts of your body in the water.
- Bike – Whether you choose a stationary exercise bike or an outside bicycle, be sure the bike is heavy duty construction with a comfortable, wide seat.
- Exercise Machines – Whether you work out in a gym or your home, with or without a trainer, check out the treadmill for walking and the elliptical for stepping. Both are great for aerobic exercising.
Facts about Plus Size Exercise Equipment
- Fitness equipment is designed for use up to a specific body weight. This ensures that the machine’s construction remains solid and functional. Exercise equipment such as treadmills or upright exercise bikes designed for gym use might have a weight limit of 350 pounds. Other gym equipment, such as recumbent bikes, are typically designed for higher weight limits such as up to 500 pounds. Equipment designed for home use typically has a lower weight limit than equipment in a gym such as a maximum weight of 250 pounds.
- Exercise balls can hold from up to 200 to 500, depending on the construction of the ball.Typically, the larger the ball the larger the weight capacity.
For more information in plus size exercise equipment, check out one of the fitness books designed for the larger exerciser. Need more health & fitness info? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size health & fitness posts.
Before starting any exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor. Your doctor may suggest a variety of exercise including swimming, walking and exercise equipment.