I really don’t treat any of my clients, seniors or older clients or athletes or fitness, very differently. They go through an assessment phase. They all have their programming designed around their needs. They all progress/regress as indicated. I have two senior clients running marathons (though I am not big on that much running) and an athlete that is in a restart because they overtrained for so long. Your senior client or group can do anything any other class is doing, but they may need to do it slower with less ROM and less intensity. I worked with a senior that was a boxer in his youth. He wanted to jump rope again, but was struggling with getting over the moving rope. We elimiated the rope for a month and he just went through the motions of jumping rope. We added the rope and he walked over it as it slowly swung around. Then he did a little one foot a time hop over. And then a slow two foot hop. Then built up speed. He isn’t doing anything fancy with the rope, but he now jumps rope like he wanted to in the beginning.
I do recommend all clients get physicians clearance and recommendations. And that the instructor know in detail any medical issues and the possible impact/modifications those issue may have/require.
So, suggestion wise, what would you do with a health client? And how can you modify those things for your senior clients?