Although I am not yet menopausal, I do have clients who are post-menopausal. Too, I don’t feel my role as their trainer is to assist them in their transition through menopause. Generally, that is not why they use my services.
My approach is to use current exercise science and exercise programming methodologies according the client’s current health status.
Individualized program design is exactly what it is–individualized program design. Once subjective and objective assessments are completed, the fitness professional is in a position to design a program based upon the needs of that particular client.
It would behoove the fitness professional to avail him/herself to current research as it relates to menopause, so that the exercise outcomes are reached.
The American College of Sports Medicine has a plethora of research on exercise and menopause that you might all be interested it. The ACSM has proved to be a valuable resource to me as far as understanding the science of exercise and its application. I encourage you all to go visit the site at www.acsm.org.