Trainers who have a clear understanding of the senior client, their needs and limitations, are able to safely implement programming through age-appropriate exercises tailored for the clients capabilities. Outside of the senior clients needs, goals and current physical condition there are additional risk factors to take into account. Some risks for the trainer to consider are: arthritis,hypertension, obesity, diabetes, back pain, osteoporosis, motor control and hearing/sight deficits.
There have been several advanced training courses for personal trainers to continue their education confidently extend their services to seniors. Seniors that incorporate a fitness regimen as part of their lifestyle can experience several benefits such as improved balance and coordination, increased strength, improved endurance, and most importantly improved confidence and quality of life. Regular physical activity not only slows atrophy and increases bone density, but it could also help speed up recovery from surgery, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Please see the article below for additional information.