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.
If this is a close-knit group of exercisers, I wonder if her class will help look out for her. We have some groups of seniors at our club that are very good friends, have coffee together after class, dinner and theater outings. They’ve built community. Her inclusion might be more important to THEM than the specific class plan. Just a thought.
It’s hard when someone’s fitness declines to the point that they can’t participate any more, and there aren’t any easy answers. For my groups, the individuals have self-selected out of my group-ex classes over time into the classes more geared for seniors and I haven’t had to suggest to anyone that they not attend.
I don’t notice if you teach for a gym, if you own a studio, or if you’re an independent contractor. If you teach for a gym, you might want to discuss with your management team before talking to your member. That way, they’ll be heads-up on the issue, they might have some ideas, and there won’t be any gaps in understanding.