Many things must be considered when working with a client and age – any age – is certainly an important aspect when developing a sound program for someone. I am happy (and proud) to say that I work with a varied age group. At the moment my clients range in age from 16 to 77, with quite a few of those folks taking advantage of their “senior discounts” if you know what I mean.
Here’s an interesting fact: As we age, we lose muscle tissue, but that should be no real surprise there. In fact, muscle wasting – also known as sarcopenia – is something that starts around the age of 25 and you can lose anywhere from .25 to .5 pounds of muscle tissue annually. So what does that mean to you? Well, simple math will tell us that if you weigh 150lbs ten years ago and still weigh 150lbs today and were not engaged in any muscle building activity, there’s a good chance that you actually lost about 5 pounds of muscle and replaced it with 5 pounds of fat even though the scale numbers didn’t move. Not a good thing, especially as we age. Proper strength training not only improves muscle tone it improves range of motion in the joints, creates a respiratory demand (improved cardiovascular health) when applied intelligently, helps you sleep better and allows for more and improved functionality in your daily life and much more. But don’t take my word for it, check out some of my older kids for yourself and my webpage for all of the other folks staying fit and healthy.