I am looking at the choices in certification. I want to work with seniors; I’m in my early 50’s myself. But looking at the different programs, I don’t know if it’s best to do group training or personal training? I would like to do both, but I can’t find the right combination geared toward seniors. Group training seems to be focused on classes for younger folks, not what seniors would do.
I could see why you are struggling to make a decision between one on one and group because both have distinct advantages. For a group setting, I think the community atmosphere that helps can present is s natural draw for seniors. Think about it. Exercise as it a science grows pretty quickly. New equipment, new techniques, and new personalities pop up in droves each year. This really can be overwhelming, especially for an older generation. So I think the comraderie and that feeling “of not being alone” are incredible. That being said, groups in general present problems.
Its obvious that as an instructor, you have just two eyes. Working with the elderly, this makes things all the more complicated. Being that there background with exercise won’t be on par with the professional challenges your communication skills quite a bit. So demonstration and explanatory will be taxed. The other (and more important) thing is that each senior will come with their own set
Of conditions, which makes it very difficult to ensure that everyone is exercising safely.
With that being said, this is how you coups really separate yourself as a group instructor for seniors. Come up with a system so that you can screen each of your participants for movement quality. Go through and evaluate their postures from toe to head. This can give you the advantages of runn I ng a camp that is prescriptive and can allow for growth of function. Think about it. What a great model this could be if you could run sessions that could improve the functional capacities if the elderly.
Hope this helps,