The fastest growing training population is clients over 55 years of age. As this population grows, so does the need for experienced trainers who understand the dynamics of training this group. From the initial assessment to designing a training program and addressing any ailments or illnesses the client(s) may bring.
ALL my training programs are Active Aging. I do not see any need for differentiating by age alone. If I implement different programs, it is as a result of the initial assessment. True, one may see more people requiring special consideration in an age group above 55 years of age, but that landmark alone has absolutely no relevance to my programming.
Like Karin says, I too don’t see any real reason to distinguish how I train an ‘active adult’ versus anyone else – absent any health or physical challenges they may have of course. I use many of the same exercises with the proper adaptations and adjustments.
That being said, I still DO see some utility to marketing the program as specific for “Active Adults,” because some of our clients identify themselves by that title, and this would let them know that the program you are offering is specifically for people in that demographic (age group).
Good question – thanks.
All my clients gross train no matter what their age. The program design depends on their initial assessment.
55 is not old (I am not far from that number myself) and many of us a super fit and very active.
I guess my answer would be no.