Most of my clients in their 40’s and 50’s want to know how to lose weight. Conversely, people in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s ask me “how do I get in shape”. Seniors are usually more concerned with personal fitness and want to know how to get healthy.
Although most things are similar when it comes to getting a body stronger, there are several differences when it comes to working with mature adults. The first difference starts with time, the second with intensity. A 30 min. session is usually more than enough time for someone over 65 who is just starting out. Second, we perform more repetitions which gives the muscles more time to warm up which prevents injury.
One of the biggest concerns for seniors is also money. This is why we started 30 min. sessions for $30. We have several clients who come only once a week. We then personally tailor an “in home routine” to keep them productive between visits. When a person learns how to “exercise at home” it saves time, gas and money. You can come only once a week to us and do a session or two at home. The good thing is, you don’t need any expensive equipment. Two pair of hand weights is all you need. That usually means about $20. After a few weeks or months you may choose to come back for a tune up or a more advanced routine.
Another thing that’s a little different is nutrition. Even though it’s not always a priority “to lose weight”, most people want to lose fat. We all want a higher percentage of muscle but seniors need a higher percentage of fat in their diet to stay healthy. Going too low in fat is a frequent mistake and effect the absorption of fat soluble vitamins.
Finally, the good news is how fast mature adults can make improvements. Several studies through the years have show how dramatic results can be achieved in only eight weeks of strength straining. The key is working smarter not harder. Call us for a list of seniors who have benefited from our programs.