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.
Hello Tom Johnson,
I don’t make special considerations just because of age.
You want to do a thorough consultation to find out what the client wants and needs along with their health history. Age is not a predictor of ability. You may be surprised by how well this client performs.
Strength gains with free weights is perfect; start there. Remember the cardio as Harris suggests, also remember the flexibility. A flexible muscle is a strong muscle. Our bodies do not know age, only our mind knows age. You will probably want to use a longer warmup, ten minutes, and a longer cool down, ten minutes. You can also gradually incorporate the warmup and cool down into the program. HIIT is also perfect for rest periods when needed.
If you did not have a birth certificate, how old are you? Hmmm.
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