“Age specific training” is a bit misleading. Age specific guidelines for initiating a fitness program would be more appropriate. The way that clients respond to fitness programming is very individual and depends on far more than a chronological measurement of time. Fitness professionals should be focusing on each client as an individual. Programming should be tailored to the current status of each client and thoughtfully progressed, regressed, adjusted, modified, etc. according to each client’s individual needs and goals.
I agree with other posters in that the exercise program is less dependent on the age of the client and more dependent upon the presence or absence of risk factors or injury. By performing a thorough assessment of your particular client, and getting a physician’s approval, when appropriate, you should be fine in then designing an exercise program specific to the individual or group of individuals that you are working with, regardless of age.
I hope that this helps.
I know SilverSneakers offer workshops on teaching group exercise to people 65 years old and older.
One of the things that has to be taken into consideration when teaching this group is that many of them have grown up in a world that didn’t participate in structured exercise.
From what I learned on their course the average SilverSneaker participant is 72 years old.