I teach Zumba Gold in several facilities. One of my classes is at the same tempo as a regular Zumba class but with no twists, jumps or spins. Lower impact, same flavor and flair. I also teach at a retirement community where the average age is 84. They do Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold chair, in a much more gentle environment.
I’m also getting trained in falls prevention and hope to add this to my teaching schedule fall 2019 (I cut back my teaching during summer, so it will be a while before I get started as I don’t want to teach for 2 months then take off for four.
I started teaching senior fitness classes about 16 years ago after subbing for a friend who was taking a long vacation and was desperate to find a fill in for his seniors. At that time I only worked with competitive athletes and junior athletes. They were doing Pilates, but when no one was available to take over the class, they were willing to do something new until their instructor returned. I found it so enjoyable and rewarding that I began to take CEC courses and research fitness for seniors and aging populations. I teach at several classes now each week targeting our aging population and enjoy immensely. I teach movement and balance classes, fall avoidance and what to do after falling classes, strength for older pops classes, and aquatic exercise for seniors classes. I also teach privately.
Schedule wise you can usually go whenever you want, as these people tend to be retired and have plenty of time.
These classes are certifications given out by the Silver Sneakers program. There are several to choose from, but none are high intensity or advanced.
Because you’d be working with a large number of geriatric-style clients, you must ensure that all of the exercises are easy and safe. Many of these people have been inactive for years.
You won’t actually be teaching through Silver Sneakers though. You are certified to work with their members, and the health club reimburses you.
How mention Karin, seniors don’t like to be considered “seniors”, so, my class for them have the name ” Bright Aerobic Stars Workout Outdoors”.
With regards, Miroslava,