Are You a Role Model for Your Older-Adult Clients?

Fitness Forum:

Editor’s note: In the April 2012 issue, Mind-Body-Spirit News section, we asked readers what mind-body programming they were offering specifically for older adults. Here is one reader’s response:

Blue Water Sports Club in Corona, California, is a state-of-the-art fitness facility located in an active older-adult community. Our participants range in age from 55 to 88, and many are very active both inside and outside of class. We offer a variety of mind-body classes on our regular schedule each week. With the exception of one instructor, we are all “older adults” quickly approaching or within the age range of our clientele. There is no doubt that we all serve as role models for our students and that they benefit from seeing a snapshot of themselves in the person leading their exercise classes.

At one end of the spectrum we have an instructor who is very fit and athletic, with the goal of doing an Ironman® triathlon someday. Her yoga and Pilates classes take a flow- or fitness-style approach and are popular with members who like to challenge themselves. This [approach] spills over into her personal training business, where she attracts clients who enjoy seeing how far they can take their fitness.

At the other end of the spectrum, another instructor and I feel passionate about reaching out to the inactive members of the community or those who have special health issues. We offer mind-body classes that move at a slower pace, offer appropriate modifications and place an emphasis on breathing, proper alignment and body awareness.

Having had hip replacement surgery last year at 51, I feel many members look to me for guidance and motivation in dealing with similar issues. Watching me progress, from a time when I had to cut back on my classes and activities to a complete return to the things I love to do, has shown people you can get back to enjoying life after facing a health challenge.

One final note: Although I do not know the age of our tai chi teacher, he is a former principal dancer and teacher from the National Ballet Company of China. He discovered tai chi after suffering from a debilitating back injury. You can imagine the kind of role model he is, with his beautiful flowing movements and thoughtful teaching of mindful movement.

I look forward to receiving and reading IDEA Fitness Journal every month. There’s always something for everyone in each issue.

Meg Root, ACE Certified
Fitness In Balance
Corona, California

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Errata

In our June issue, the supporting news item pertaining to CEC Quiz 2, question 3, was cut from the issue. As a result, any answer provided for this question will be accepted.

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July 2012

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