From a 65-year-old woman, who is a Physical Therapist
I came to Fitness Together on the advice of a chiropractor I work with. I knew that I needed to do something aggressive to improve my muscle tone. As with some people, if left to us, it may not get done. Therefore, a structured program with personal guidance works the best for me.
As a PT, I can assess if I am being instructed correctly. The form with which one does the exercise is very important. I found that the trainers, some more than others, have a watchful eye as to how the client is performing. Equally important, is the experience that the trainers do not PUSH the client to do more than they feel they are capable of doing at that session. I am speaking on behalf of the middle-aged group of clients. Important to me was the trainer’s knowledge of kinesiology, anatomy, exercise physiology, and his/her personal ability to relate to a client. Listening well to a client’s own perception of their body is very important.
Then trusting the trainer to plan a program that fits the client at that time in his/her life. These are the essentials that I can say I find at Fitness Together Tysons.
While, I have not experienced other personal trainers at other places firsthand.
I have had experiences in the care of my patients where I have had to intervene and communicate with their personal trainer to “back off” and explain the goals and plan of care for the patient. Some trainers have one agenda to fit all and that cannot be. It may work for the young athlete, not the de-conditioned older man or woman who may have a history of back pain. I have found Fitness Together to be sensitive to the particular needs of the individual and that builds trust.
Exercise is important for the older adult. In the case of a menopausal or postmenopausal woman, all of a sudden you wake up one day and you look at your body and everything has gone south! Sag, sag, and sag. The eyelids are puffy, the upper arms underneath sag, the abdomen gets an unwanted apron, and the feet get flatter. To top that, we get hot flashes whenever and wherever. We become high maintenance and not in the traditional sense of the word.
This is a wake-up call that estrogen levels and hormones in general are imbalanced. That directly affects muscle tone. We become weaker and our activity level changes to being more sedentary. Even the mind gets foggy.
This is the time to be engaged in an exercise program on a routine basis to become stronger and protect our joints. The heart is a muscle as well, and needs cardio workouts.
The old saying, “Use it or lose it” could not be more apropos.
It is one thing to say that you “should” exercise. Anyone will tell you that. The thought that really drives the older adult, man or woman, is the fear of becoming dependent on someone else. Look at your children and ask, “which one will take care of you?” If you do not have children, the fear is even more apparent.
No one wants to face his or her own morbidity. So when we see and feel our bodies decline, these are the type of thoughts that may scare us into doing exercise. Do we want to travel? Pick up a grandchild? The list goes on. There are many motivators.
Muscles need fuel to work properly. This means minerals, oxygen, and a good blood supply to name a few. Enrich the muscles by stretching and exercising.
Maintain a good posture. Breathe!
Fitness Together Tysons can help you get started!
I hope that through this discussion you have a better appreciation for what they do at Fitness Together and the impact they can make on your life.