I find in one-on-one training, that even de-conditioned older adults above 70 years of age benefit from an hour of training time. Not so much because they are exercising all that time but because they are learning the exercises, and that often takes a little more time. I can imagine that this is even more true in a group where you may need to divide your attention.
I have only one client who trains for 30 minutes because of a very special medical condition.
I would also be careful with the term ‘senior’. At this point in time, seniors come in so many different levels of abilities that you can no longer categorize them as ‘that population’. Being almost 58 myself, I speak from personal experience.
Good luck with your class.
That would depend upon the type of training you are offering and the format.
Is it a seated class only? Is it a mixture of seated and standing. Is it a strength and conditioning? Is it balance? Can you divide the class up into two or three parts and work on a particular aspect of fitness.
Hope this gives you some direction.
It all depends on their fitness condition, medical issues and the type of training and equipment you are providing. If the intensity is low to moderate they might be able to go for that long, if it’s higher then probably not. Also, there is a variety in the age range when you referring to seniors. I like Joanne’s idea about dividing the class into different parts.
Hello Pete Lyons,
One hour is a good time frame; makes it worth the time and travel.
I call the seniors, the 50+ years group or older adult.
Every senior is at a different fitness level, just like any other age group.
I play things by ear; although, I have a class planned out.
One hour long sessions worked for us, as it is also a learning experience, not so much moving in high intensity. One hour gives us more time for individual questions and concerns, too.