A Trainer Who Acts Your Age
A good personal trainer for older adults should have that — and something else: an understanding of the aging process. "An exercise prescription for a 25-year-old would cover just about every 25-year-old living in the nation," says Michael Rogers, who has a doctorate in exercise science. Not so with a 55- or 65-year-old, whose injury history and medical conditions will vary, requiring a more individualized program.
Who is best suited for this? "It’s been our experience that older adults are more accepting and more willing to work with persons closer to their age," says Mr. Rogers, research director of the Center for Physical Activity and Aging at Wichita State University in Kansas.
The way to find a good older trainer is often by word of mouth or by asking at the local gym, where such trainers are becoming more and more common. Another option: the fitness association IDEA recently started a database, FitnessConnect, on its site, www.ideafit.com that allows users to find a personal trainer by location, age and specialty.