I am diving into more group programming, and group walking programs would fit my client’s needs. I am curious of what sorts of structure trainers have found most successful in managing walking with groups (to handle different fitness levels, speeds, etc)? I am looking at senor-specific, as well as a separate class for any age. I plan to walk with the group. Walking programs incorporating use of bands for strengthening is also an interest.
Don’t make this complicated.
Get waivers and signatures before you start. You might want to have a PAR Q sent to them electronically.
Get your group together and have them plan on one hour. Walk for ten, then do some stretching. Yes, you are going to have little groups scattered about, but you can rove back and forth among them. Intruct them prior to the event what they need to bring and wear to be comfortable. Let them know they can stop at any time. You can pick up slower walks on the trip back.
Walk in a pleasing environment. Often, it is about connecting with others while walking that older people seek.
Stretch at the end. Keep all stretches in a standing postion. Ask people what they would like to do? See how it goes and then make adjustments accordingly.