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Personal Training for the 50s and over

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Mohammed Musavi

Mohammed Musavi

Co-Founder MMFF Fitness.

Personal Training for the 50s and over

To be a personal trainer for the growing population of above 50s it is important to alter personal training style to suit their needs and allow them to gain maximum benefit from the personal training sessions. As a personal trainer there are certain points to keep in mind.
  • PAR-Q

Personal trainers should always get new clients to fill in a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) to ensure you are aware of any medical conditions or injuries. This is a great opportunity for over 50’s clients to get to know what they have done in the past, what they enjoy and what they want to work on. If they have had an injury or medical condition then you can ask more about it and adjust any training accordingly. 

 

  • Warm-Ups

Warm-ups become even more important for over 50’s to ensure their muscles and joints are ready and prepared for exercise. This can just be a low level aerobic activity such as a brisk walk on a treadmill or slow pedaling on an exercise bike.

 

  • Cardiovascular Fitness

The best cardio for over 50’s is that which does not impose excessive orthopedic stress such as walking. Other less weight-bearing activities include exercise done in water and cycling on a stationary bike. One of the biggest mistakes over 50’s make in the gym is exercising with shoulders hunched over. It is important that the personal trainer instructs them to keep proper posture and make sure their clients keep their shoulders back and down and their chin and chest forward.

 

  •  Weight Training

A common misconception is that weight training is only for bodybuilders and those who want to develop big muscles. In reality weight training is important to strengthen bones and is proven to delay and even cure osteoporosis problems. In your mid to late 30’s muscle mass starts to decrease and we continue to lose 1-2% of muscle mass every year. The only way to stop this is to use resistance training or lift weights under the proper guidance of the personal trainer.

 

  • Flexibility

Especially for older inactive adults, stretching at the end of a session is imperative. Tight muscles will reduce the body’s ability to perform everyday tasks by affecting range of motion, balance and fluidity in the joints. Slow easy stretches are best and make sure you stretch all muscles that have been used during the session.

 

  • Nutrition

Solid nutritional principles are applicable at any age, but there are a few that every over-50 can use to ensure the middle-age spread is kept at bay. 80% full is the benchmark that’s going to keep you eating well while watching your waistline. Beyond that, it’s simply good nutrition: lots of protein, fewer white carbs and a tight noose around that alcohol habit. Happy training.

 

Often the biggest challenge with over 50’s is getting them motivated to do exercise. Therefore, the most important thing is to make it as fun and engaging as possible so that they keep on coming back time and time again and get fitter and healthier than when they started!

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What are the reasons to hire a Personal Trainer?

Mohammed Musavi

Mohammed Musavi

Co-Founder MMFF Fitness.

What are the reasons to hire a Personal Trainer?

From helping you reach your fitness goals to figuring out how to exercise safely with a chronic condition, learn the top 10 benefits of personal training and why it could be one of the best investments you'll make in your overall health and well-being.

Motivation

Most of us work harder in the presence of others. Having a personal trainer by your side can provide the encouragement, energy and motivation you need to jump start your routine. A trainer can also help you set goals, create a plan to accomplish them and celebrate the day you reach them.

Consistency

Do you find it difficult to stick with a program or habit? A personal trainer can hold you accountable and help you overcome all the excuses you might use to avoid your commitment to exercise. It’s a lot harder to skip the gym when you know someone is waiting for you.

Clarity

Fitness can be confusing. There is a lot of information to sort through. Eat this, not that. Cardio before or after strength training? Your trainer can help you find credible information and provide direction on your fitness journey. A trainer can help remove the guesswork, so you can put all your energy toward accomplishing your goals.

Confidence

The gym can be intimidating. Working with a trainer allows you to become confident with how to perform exercises, use machines and navigate the facility. After a few sessions, you will feel ready to tackle the weight room on your own. Even better, an ego boost during exercise can promote stronger self-confidence and self-efficacy, which can help you stick with your exercise program over the long term.

Avoid Injury

If you are new to exercise or find that some movements are painful, it is worth hiring a trainer to be certain that you are moving in a safe and effective way. Taking the time to learn proper exercise technique can improve your results and prevent annoying injuries.

Individual Attention

When it comes to fitness, everyone is different. Your unique body mechanics, experience, goals, fitness level, likes and dislikes can guide your trainer in creating a plan that is specific to your needs. With a program that fits, you are more likely to maintain the habit and see results.

Training with Medical Conditions

Exercise is beneficial for preventing or managing many common chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. However, exercising with a medical condition requires additional precautions. A knowledgeable trainer with experience training clients with chronic conditions can design a program that ensures your safety and provides a positive exercise experience.

Aging Gracefully

Our bodies change as we age. Perhaps the exercises you used to do no longer work with your body, or maybe you’ve stopped seeing results. A trainer can help you adjust or adapt your program as you age, which will allow you to maintain functionality and strength.

Fun

Believe it or not, exercise can be enjoyable. A savvy personal trainer can make exercise both effective and fun. Group or buddy training can be a great way to increase enjoyment, make exercise social and attain the services of a trainer for a cheaper rate. And simply working with a trainer who you like, and respect can be enough to provide you with more gratification from your workouts.

An online personal trainer can help you reach your health and fitness goals with all the convenience of training in your own home, gym, or other personal space.  They specialize in body and lifestyle transformations and use physical training, nutritional changes, and improvements in thinking to help you reach your goals. They teach you how to eat right and exercise correctly, and help you understand the various aspects of fitness, from nutrition to mobility. They believe in training the mind and the body and can deliver all of this to you through online workout and nutrition programs.

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