I am a 57 year old personal trainer who has worked in the fitness industry for 17 years. You may be losing out to your younger counterparts in a larger gym setting, but are very valuable in a smaller personal training studio or boutique, where you will find clients who prefer an experienced trainer over a younger one because they can relate to you better. Many aging adults prefer the privacy these type of facilities have to offer, and will have the disposable income to invest in themselves at this stage in their lives.
After 15 years of training in the gym and small studio setting, I am now enjoying in-home training. A favorite of all ages is working with the TRX. I include Yoga in everyone’s routines, even if it is only as a warm-up/cool-down. This summer I started incorporating aqua workouts for a 54 year old client with a pool who expressed interest. Definitely something for you to look into. We have enjoyed the healing effect of water on our joints, a low-impact way to do Tabatas, and getting our heart rates up during challenging aerobic sessions. After a summer in the pool, I can see how valuable aqua exercise can be for both active adults and those suffering from arthritis, back/knee pain, or fibromyalgia. Home training has been a rewarding experience for me and very much appreciated by my clients who thank me over and over again for coming to their homes so they don’t have to travel to the gym. Good luck to you Katherine!