Ranging from early 50’s to almost 70, the boomer generation has yet to slow down. In fact, many are undeterred by aging. In fact, the Baby Boomers are taking on one physical challenge after another, from marathons, to mud races, and century bicycle rides. Theres even anecdotal evidence that the wisdom of age can offer a competitive advantage where strategy and pacing are concerned.
Boomers are also also joining fitness clubs at higher rates than the rest of the population. According to the International Health, Racquet & Sports Club Association, the number of gym members over the age of 55 reached 8 million in 2005, a 314% increase since 1990. Membership among 18- to 34-year-olds over the same time period increased by only 38.7%.
But there’s a bit of a disconnect in that many people have a wide range of health issues in spite of their desire to be fit. The Baby Boomers are right on point in that exercise is medicine. But the program design needs to address the needs of the aging human body.
As a Baby Boomer myself, I am well aware of the changes that take place as part of the aging process. I’ve been a personal trainer for the last sixteen years, and an avid exerciser for my entire life. As I have grown older I have changed my fitness program so that I minimize the risk for injury, have less post exercise pain, and less impact on my joints.
The Baby Boomers are experiencing many declining health issues, but unlike our parents generation we are not going out without a fight. And for this reason I have created a boot camp program that caters to the older adult. I have created a program where Baby Boomers can come to work out safely and effectively.