These days many people are looking for a personal trainer that has experience working with seniors. Many of my senior clients enjoy personal training because they need the one on one attention while working out. Many seniors haven’t worked out before so they need to learn proper form which can take some time and having a personal trainer can help accelerate this.
A side benefit of having a personal trainer work with seniors is that someone is there just in case something happens like a fall or they lose balance. This gives the family piece of mind knowing that someone is there to look after their loved ones.
When looking for a personal trainer for seniors these are some things you should look out for.
Are they certified to work with seniors?
Something you should ask the trainer is if they’re certified to work with seniors. This is because seniors have special needs when working out. Some many have joint replacements, limited mobility, trouble with balance or low energy levels. Most senior fitness certifications go over this in detail and give the trainer the tools to deal with any issues that may come up.
Certifications to look for are:
NASM senior fitness specialist
ISSA senior fitness specialist
All these certifications meet the highest standard set by the NCCA accreditation. If the personal trainer has one of these they have shown that they have the knowledge to work with seniors.
Does the trainer have experience working with seniors?
Working with seniors requires a lot of patience and it’s important to make sure that the senior fitness trainer has worked with others in this age group before. Having experience is one of the most important things when working with seniors. Having a background working with an older population allows the trainer to recognize when something is off with the training session. The trainer can dial back the workout if needed or make changes to the overall plan.
How much experience should a trainer have? I recommend that the trainer has at least 2 years of experience working with seniors before you hire them.
Ask for references
When hiring a trainer, it’s important to ask for references to confirm that what they’re telling you is true. If the trainer doesn’t have any or refuses to give you references you should look for a different trainer. When working with a senior a cookie cutter plan will not work asking some of their clients if they enjoy the custom plan build for them will allow you to make a better decision if the trainer is a good fit for you or your parent.
In home-personal training or personal training in the gym?
Before you start looking for a senior fitness trainer it’s important to decide if you want in home fitness training or personal training at the gym. Driving can be hard for many seniors and having a personal trainer come to the home cuts out the drive. Having the equipment in the gym may be a plus and could assist with the fitness program. It’s important to decide what’s more important before finding a trainer.
Try before you buy
Our company allows people to try our service before they buy. We want you to feel comfortable with the service before hiring one of our trainers. If the personal trainer or personal training company does not allow you to try the service before you buy, then you should look elsewhere. If you’re looking for some guides on senior fitness check out suddenly senior.
On the Go Fitness Pro is our company and we offer personal training services for seniors. If you’re interested in trying our service reach out to us at our contact us page.
The first personal training session is free of charge so that you get to know our personal trainers before you buy a package. You can also give us a call at (702) 756-4444.
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