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The fact of personal training is that many of our clients are not “athletes,” nor have they any desire to be “athletes.” We might train parents, young professionals, fat loss clients, and seniors more often than we train athletes. It’s imperative to understand that your post-pregnancy clients don’t have the same needs as your just-about-at-retirement clients, even if both clients’ goals involve fat loss, general health, and overall strength. Training seniors might conjure images of Silver Sneakers classes, complete with lots of seated lightweight curls and unweighted leg extensions.
But the Baby Boomer generation is changing the image of senior fitness. This generation has come of age with more information about exercise, nutrition, and health than generations prior, and this generation did so just as the fitness industry itself was coming of age. Training today’s seniors isn’t what it used to be — they might already be moderately fit, they can and want to use free weights, and they want to look good, just like younger clients. There are some things to consider about training this age group, however, and this week, Joe Brigley has ideas for programming and other approaches specific to your Baby Boomer clients.
You’re the Boss vs. You’re a Sucker — Krista Scott-Dixon
The Worst Mistake You Can Make — Tanner Baze
4 Reasons Why Offering Custom Made Training Solutions is Bad and How to Fix it — Jennette Holzworth, the PTDC
Mental Health and The Fitness — Dean Somerset
5 Training Rules to Live By — Lee Boyce, T-Nation
One Weird Trick: Installment 5 – Fix Your Overhead Squat — Miguel Aragoncillo
Tip: Do This Exercise for Complete Core Strength — Mike Robertson, T-Nation
Exercises You Should Be Doing: Dumbbell Squeeze Press — Tony Gentilcore
How I Quit Weekend Overeating: 5 Strategies that Helped Me Ditch the Bingeing, Guilt, and Extra Weight — Krista Scott-Dixon, Precision Nutrition
Let’s Talk About Diet, Part 2: Macronutrients — Michael Blevins, Breaking Muscle
6 Little-Known Dangers of Restricting Sodium Too Much — Hrefna Palsdottir, Authority Nutrition
Leg Training for Maximal Muscle Growth — Ian Padrón, DrJohnRusin.com
Complete Guide to Big Biceps & Triceps — Paul Carter, T-Nation
4 Ways to Build Your Scrawny Back — John Rusin, T-Nation
Low Volume Muscle Building: The Key to Explosive Muscle Growth? — Andrew Heming, JMax Fitness
Build Your Chest Without Bench Presses — Eric Weinbrenner, T-Nation
Carb Cycling for Fat Loss: 3 Ways to Use Old School Dieting to Get Shredded — Matt Dustin, Roman Fitness Systems
Every Bite Counts — Spencer Nadolsky
What’s the Best Exercise to Lose Weight? — JC Deen
Why You Should Ban Alcohol on a Fat Loss Diet — Mike Samuels