Hi everyone, I’m developing a group fitness/circuit class for women aged 65-87. I’ve trained this population before, including the 87 year old, who is partially blind. I don’t think she is suitable to take the class because she really can’t see very well and would need a personal assistant; otherwise too much of my time will be drawn to her.
The class format is group warm-up, led by me, followed by partnering up for a circuit that consists of 8 stations/2 exercises each — done 2-3 times, ending with a group cool down. There isn’t enough equipment (barbells, etc) in this apartment gym to do it all as a group at the same time. Even when everyone can see, it still gets a bit chaotic as people figure out what exercise they’re doing and moving in the right direction.
Any words of wisdom on how to tell her I don’t think she’ll be able to do the class? Or, how would you handle it? Thanks.
it may well be that she cannot participate in the class. At the age of 87, there are probably many things she cannot do. Since you know her limitations, though, could you not have her be part of the group but do her own thing in a corner. Could you not talk to her and offer her participation with modifications which you have discussed upfront with her? Who is to say that you will not run into this problem with another participant? You open the class to ages 65 to 87 which is a w-i-d-e spread.
Alternatively, you can discuss her need of a dedicated assistant during the class.
It would be good if she could come to the decision not to participate on her own rather being told so.