Sunday, March 1, 2009

Baby Boomer Personal Trainer

Once she retired, my baby boomer mom really started getting into fitness (but on her own, not with a baby boomer personal trainer). It's really cute to see her put on her backpack, bike helmet, and ride off into town to go do her exercises at the gym.

It's like a trip back in time to see what she would have been like at 10 years old.

But what if my mom wasn't internally motivated? What if I had to find a baby boomer personal trainer for her?

Would it be best to ask a young beach bunny cardio queen personal trainer to train her, or would she be better off training with someone closer to her age?

Researchers from the University of Texas asked this same question, and put 131 subjects through a 14-week, trainer-lead fitness program. One group of subjects worked with a trainer who was in their peer-group, while the other group worked with student trainers.

Reference J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2009 Feb;21(2):116-22. The effectiveness of a peer-mentored older adult fitness program on perceived physical, mental, and social function.

Surprisingly, only the peer-trained group significantly improved physical, mental, and social function at the end of 14 weeks.

So if you are thinking of buying some training sessions for your mom or dad, don't bother with the cardio bunny or young-buck bodybuilder trainer.

Instead, get a peer-group baby boomer personal trainer for your parents if you want more results.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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Anonymous said...

Just confirmed that my getting a personal trainer cert. is going to be worthwhile. At 56 I can identify my niche population so easily.

Anonymous said...

Craig - I'd go along with that to an extent. I've been working with a personal trainer who is my age and it's been a great motivator for me to see what I can achieve in my fifties. My kids are in their twenties and early thirties and I'd probably not feel as comfortable with a trainer of their age.

The Fitness Buff said...

I agree with that study and believe it is true because of one reason: Relating to the client. I think clients feel better about their results when the trainer can show empathy or that they understand where the client comes from. As a trainer, getting to know your client and then sharing stories of your life or experience that mirrors theirs will creat a closer more trusting bond for the client to you.
Thanks for the post showing this article Craig!

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