October 3, 2019
Are you considering working with older clients? If this is a new venture for your personal training career, we encourage this new step! However, it’s important to keep in mind that you will be working with a slightly different audience than what you are normally used to. If you are not sure what to expect, here are a few things to keep in mind when taking personal training for older adults.
Assess the client
It’s important that you assess the health and fitness of each individual client before working with them. This is particularly important with older clients as they may have health problems, injuries or illnesses. If you are unsure about any aspect of your client’s health, make sure they receive consent from a medical professional before you begin training.
As mentioned, older clients may have health issues that should be considered. This includes things such as diabetes, arthritis or heart disease. They may also have mobility or balance issues, high blood pressure or even difficulty walking. The good news is that your services are there to help with all these conditions.
It’s important to set a goal for any client, and the same goes when personal training for older adults. By understanding their abilities and current fitness levels, you can help them identify realistic goals which they can work towards.
It’s important to remember that just because you are working with older clients does not mean to say you cannot converse with them the same you would with anyone else. Use your empathy skills to understand what they do and don’t like and adjust your methods accordingly.
It’s important to keep in mind that seniors are able to build and maintain muscle, which is why basic resistance training should be included in their workouts. For inactive seniors, you can begin with basic movements and standard gym machines to help them increase muscle with less risk of injury. Resistance bands are also effective, yet easy to handle.
As we age, our balance can deteriorate, which is why you may wish to avoid the treadmill for some of your older adult clients. Instead, choose machines that are likely to support your clients, such as recumbent bikes. Ideally, walking is the best cardiovascular workout.
Tight muscles, tendons and ligaments can cause pain, discomfort and even falls for older adults. This is why it is important that you incorporate a simple stretching routine to your personal training services.
As with any personal training service, it is important you have the correct qualifications in order to provide the best service that will truly benefit your older clients. This is why Fit2Train are proud to offer a range of courses, from entry-level two up-to advanced level four. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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