I am preparing to train a female client who is 68 years old. I train mainly athletes who are in high school. I am wondering what considerations do you make when you are developing a program with their warm-up, exercises, and cool down? Her goal is to improve her strength. She prefers using free weights over machines. Any help and advice is appreciated.
Although it depends on the client, you will definitely need to get all of her previous health history. There might be limitations such as previous injuries, current fitness status, medications, medical conditions, etc. There are many seniors who are in excellent shape and need little or no modifications and your client might very well being one of them. Once you do her initial assessment you will have a better idea as to how to proceed. Strength training can be very beneficial to clients in this age group especially for women. Assuming she doesn’t have any serious limitations a good fitness program for someone like her would be a combo of strength and cardio 2-3 times/week. Again, you will need to decide the type of program and goal setting once you have done her assessment.
I hope his helps.