Starting Personal Training When You're Older
Have you ever thought about starting going to the gym and getting a personal trainer, but thought you were too old, and that gyms are just for young people?
Or that you had too many health issues that prevent you from being able to train?
These are common thoughts for many people, especially when you're a bit older, but it’s not too late for you to start.
We have several members at the gym who are over 70 years old. I currently have five clients who are around 50 and over.
All of them had things which they thought would cause problems when they started training. The oldest is 72, and before seeing he hadn’t stepped foot into a gym or done any exercise before other than walking. He was started to notice simple things like getting off the sofa and bending down to pick things up was becoming difficult. He used to play golf several times a week but had to give it up due to not being able to bend over and pick up the ball. We have been working on his leg strength, and he can now pick things off the floor without using one of his hands to hold on to something. He can now squat to parallel onto a box and stand up without assistance. Soon he’ll be able to do a full body weight squat and start playing golf again. This has greatly improved his quality of life.
Another client was concerned as she had a knee operation two years ago, and every time she had tried to exercise since she would have knee pain for days after a session and have to stop. She thought that was just how it was and there wasn't anything that could be done about it. I created a plan around her limitations and worked on improving her ability to squat pain-free, and she’s been able to train pain-free since she's been seeing me.
Get in touch if you’re thinking about starting to train, and want a trainer who has experience in dealing with older clients. We can have a chat with coffee and see how I could help you.