Written by female personal trainer Justina Triasovaite.
1) Where Do You, as a Personal Trainer for Seniors, Start with Your Client?
Working with senior clients, it is very important to thoroughly examine the client. The most important part after a senior decides to work out is fitness assessment, which allows evaluating client’s current fitness level by measuring:
- Body Fat;
- Muscle Mass;
- Hydration Level;
- Visceral Fat (fat around organs).
Fitness assessment is usually followed by active assessment as I look for any muscular asymmetry that may be seen or felt. Lastly, the assessment ends by gathering information from the client about previous fitness activities, injuries or diseases.
2) What Are the Key Exercises to Examine Client’s Fitness Level?
After the primary assessment, I continue with a number of exercises that allow me to get to know the client’s body better. It includes the basic fundamental movements:
- Carry heavy stuff
3) What Would Be Your Further Training Recommendations for Senior Clients?
As a female personal trainer for seniors, I recommend starting with two sessions a week for the first two weeks. After that, senior clients should manage to work out three times a week.
4) What About Nutrition? Is It Different for Seniors?
Every client is different. I always provide my insights and give valuable advice about nutrition to my clients. I usually try to make small adjustments according to client’s individual needs. I would simply ask for a 3-5 day journal of their daily food intake and take it from there. It is better to keep things more or less as the client is used to than to change everything.
5) What Are the Key Things to Be Considered When Training People of Age 50+?
As a female personal trainer for seniors, I have to be very caring and attentive. The most important thing in seniors training is paying attention to joints and muscle strengthening. Also, seniors often have weak wrists and hips that need a lot of attention. It is always advisable to include isolated exercises to the workout sessions: biceps curls, leg extension and curls, single arm shoulder press, etc. Rotation exercises, improving the balance and back exercises are essential part of seniors training as well.
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