All great suggestions. Although a 50+ Bootcamp may attract a bit more homogeneous group of participants than simply a 50+ exercise class, for me it’s important to realize that there is likely to be significant differences in levels of fitness and capability among your participants. Also, emphasize lower intensity, more reps in strength stations on the circuits you design. I agree that hikes are a great choice for both fitness challenge and socialization.
Good luck, have fun.
I like doing circuits and dynamic and static stretching with our groups. Hikes are also attractive to this group, and I love them too.
Mac Dodds M.A., CSCS
Live Your Best Years Now
Leigh Crews did a workshop on Bootcamps for Zoomers (active older adults). Perhaps check the video library here and see if it’s available. It’s a good resource. I took the session at IDEA in 2009 or 2010. She goes through the contraindications in program design and then a multi-station workout. It was challenging but the moves were very safe.
I agree 100% with Karin.
As a boot camp instructor and a woman over 50 I can tell you first hand that you need not change the exercise selections just because you have older participants.
You take those exercise selections and modify if they are deconditioned and
being older does not necessarily mean that you are! I have a 67 yr.old in my class that puts the 30-something yr old to shame with the amount of pushups he can do!
I run my boot camp class as a circuit with stations for each exercise. Each week this changes. I may pair up exercises as a superset (opposing or same muscle group) 1 min ea. with a 15-20 sec rest to switch to next station. I add variety by introducing different exercise apparatus at each circuit (especially if you don’t have enough for each person) So I may have a TRX, Bosu, Medicine Ball, Body Bar, Stability Ball, etc….at each station with a description of each exercise to be performed. I go to each station and offering modifications, whether to make the exercise more challenging or less.