“Life’s requires strength. By now, you know this.”
Dan Piper, Certified Personal Trainer, HKC Kettlebell Instructor, Workout4Results.com
1/3 of my athletes are seniors. They are spirited, extremely interesting, and our conversations range from thought provoking to the ridiculous. My Senior clients tend to have greater desire, a greater need for strength, and much better adherence than the average gym goer. But what can a senior do in the gym, and what does senior strength training look like?
You might be surprised, but a senior strength training workout looks no different than mine or your grandaughter’s – really. Yes, we may lighten the load, and talk more about the old days when a hamburger cost a nickle, or talk about what it was like being a gunner in WWII, or to actually watch Elvis Perform, but essentially the workouts are the same. They perform olympic lifts, they box, they do abdominal work, and lots of mobility work. I love letting Charlie sock me in the gut when we “spar”, or watching my younger senior perform a perfect back squat – and I mean it!
I must admit I like having them around for other reasons also – I need the age old wisdom around me. We all do.
Here’s an article about a 91 year old weightlifting record holder, named Sy Perlis, that you’re sure to enjoy! 91 Year Old Champion