I love putting them on the Pilates Reformer. It provides a safe and stable movement platform that challenges their coordination, range of motion, core strength and is perfect for gently increase resistance as their ability improves. They always leave feeling a million times better and come back stronger at each session. Improvement is so quick and noticeable with this method that they are always excited to come back.
I love teaching all of my formats. I use the same guidelines for all clients. Progressions are done as tolerated and regressions are done as needed. My senior clients all like the fact that I don’t treat them like they are unable to put in an effort. Each participant works at their own level.
If I had to pick one, it would probably be my aquatic exercise class. Most people think aquatic exercise is “exercise lite”. But I can adjust this workout for arthritis one hour and elite athlietes the next.
I am a Pilates Instructor and the spring tension I use with them on the equipment unloads and opens the joints so they feel taller with better posture and more stretched after a session. I usually start them lying down, then sitting, and then finish the session standing with some balance work so they feel strong and balanced when they leave the studio. I do lots of foot and ankle work as well to help improve their flexibility and strength for better balance. Foam rollers and rolling the feet over balls is very helpful.
I like exercises that incorporate medicine balls, elastic bands, some free weights, stationary bike, walking, body weight squats and leg extensions. Of course each senior client is different and has his/her own limitations and challenges so depending on their condition I use the appropriate equipment and exercises. They are fun to work with.