You should train everyone according to their fitness level, assessment findings, physician’s clearance/directions, desired goals, using proper progressions, within your scope and abilities, and in manner that reflects respect and consideration.
I work with a group of 70 to 90 year old clients. Some of whom work harder than some of my 30 to 40 year old clients. One of my clients is over 70 and still competing in triathlons. I don’t make many decisions based solely on one aspect of a clients current status. And especially not be their age.
Hello Tom Christ,
Age is not the factor, the body’s condition is; so, find out what the client wants and work toward that goal. I would definitely add in balance work. Cardio can be done; all it takes is raising the heart rate. Do your consultation like you do with anyone else, follow the safety guidelines as you would with anyone else, listen to the client when they tell you something and the two of you will work nicely together to put a program together. As the client progresses, you both will find out what works and what does not, whether that be physically as well as mentally….if they don’t like to do something, find some other move to keep things enjoyable.
Good luck to you both,
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
All good advice from the above, especially in regards to your qualifications and a doctor’s clearance. Assuming you are qualified, once you have physician clearance your focus should be balance and strength. Since he is using a walker you must work where he is. Many older adults do well on a recumbent bike for cardio, but strength training is critical in maintaining quality of life.
I would ask all not to underestimate this population. I have a woman in her 80’s who takes my regular body sculpting class, and my 86 year old mother attends her gym 3 days a week, taking regular Zumba, Body Pump and step. So it is not his age, but his current physical condition that limits him.
the operative word here is ‘walker’ and not age. As Paul and Christine suggested, balance, flexibility and strength exercises are very important. Given that he is on a walker, cardiovascular exercises in the traditional sense are not an option but you can help him assume better posture while using the walker.
Since your profile is not completed, it’s difficult to know your background. As Wendy suggests, there is specialty training for exercises for older adults. What you will be able to do with this person depends a lot on his current ability.
Wendy & Christine have given you great advice so far. I have a few clients myself who are in their 80’s. Actually the three of them (all women) get around pretty well, without the use of any walking aids. At that age, one of the greatest concerns is falling. I definitely incorporate balance exercises into their workout sessions, in addition to their strength, CV & flexibility exercises. So far, so good. Strength training- wise, I keep the movements simple, mainly using light dumbbells, tubing & some easy-going body weight exercises. I take them to the point where they’re just slightly past their comfort zone. I do push them, but only to the point where they start asking me “how much do they have left” – you’ll see what I mean. Good luck Tom.