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.
Have you asked her to bring a caregiver/assistant to class? I have worked with many clients with visual issues and I work with a group of people living with Parkinson’s disease. One of the rules of my classes is that if you need assistance to effectively participate, you must bring someone able to assist you. There are groups who provide such assistance, often for a low fee or free depending on insurance copays etc.
Some of the people are assisted by their spouse, who know them well and work well together.
I hope you can make it work, but don’t beat yourself up over it if it doesn’t work out. A few of the people that were not able to have assistance or chose not too, understood completely and signed up for private lessons.