Safe Core Training for Older Adults with Back Issues – Part I

Hello. Jenice and I hope this newsletter finds you well as we are heading into the last few weeks of the year.

In the final weeks of this year we are addressing questions from you, the members of Integrative Movement Insider™ (IMI).

A regular reader of IMI reached out and asked us how we work with our general population clients – especially the baby boomers and seniors – that have advanced spinal issues including tightness and/or discomfort.

If you work with older adults you will undoubtedly work with clients that have issues of the spine related to degenerative changes such as arthritis, disc problems, and narrowing of the spinal canal.

Once medically cleared to exercise, it is important that these individuals work with a fitness professional that truly understands what these conditions are, how to perform a functional assessment, and how to perform safe and effective core exercises.

In this 2-part video series of IMI I’m going to share with you the three keys to training older clients that experience advanced spinal conditions such as:

  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal or nerve canals).
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipping of the vertebrae).

These three keys are the foundation of how we work with all our general population clients with chronic spinal conditions.

In the first video, I’ll share the first two keys and in the follow up video later this week I’ll share the third key and demonstrate how to work them into your current core training programs.

Our aging population needs fitness professionals who truly understand how to work with individuals with advanced spinal conditions and not just provide them with gimmicky or trendy exercises. Be that specialist your current older clients – as well as your potential clients – need, want, and will seek out.

Stay tuned for Part II of this video series.