The ToughAgers Instructors Workshop will give you the tools you need to teach a safe and effective active older adult fitness class. This workshop will take place at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley on Sunday, June 4, 2023, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Tough Agers LLC: Deborah Rothschild is passionate about helping support people along their fitness and wellness pathways. Starting off as a Certified Personal Trainer in 2003, Deborah has worked as a Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Lead Trainer, Group Fitness and Pilates Manager, Fitness Director, and Sports and Wellness Director. She has a Masters Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness from California University of Pennsylvania (CALU). Her Personal Training Certifications are from the National Academy of Exercise Science (NASM) and the American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) with specializations in Senior Fitness and Cancer Recovery. Deborah holds a Group Exercise Instructor Certification from the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) along with numerous specialty certifications. Currently, she trains clients on-location, virtually through Zoom, and online with her Deborah Does Fitness app and online portal. She offers 55+ group fitness classes through an On-Demand fitness video library. In addition, Deborah educates Certified Group Exercise Instructors on how to teach active older adults in a group setting. Continuing education units are available for NASM and AFAA upon completion of this online course.
Exercise is for everyone and seniors are no exception. The body will do what it is trained to do so let's train seniors so their bodies will function optimally. Just like all other age groups, seniors need: cardio, balance, resistance, core, and flexibility training. Since most of them will not exercise on their own, let's provide a fun, supportive, and social environment for them to do so.
*In the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 63 million people ages 50-64 and more than 55 million people ages 65+ in 2021 were counted.
*In 2018, the National Center for Health Statistics surveyed Americans to find out who met the federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening. They found just over 24% of 25–64-year-olds, 16% of 65-74-year-olds, and 10% of those 75 years and older met the guidelines.
*Considering we are trying to serve so many older adults with a vast array of physical abilities and levels of activity, it is important for the fitness industry to offer class options for this growing population.
*Some older adults may need the support of sitting in a chair to be active and there are currently many fantastic seated exercise class options available.
*For those who don’t need the support of a chair, the workout offerings aren’t quite as available to meet the needs of an aging body to support the ability to thrive. How do we help them?
*We can apply the SAID principle to active older adults by mimicking activities they engage in. Specifically, we can offer functional classes with cardio movements that are easy to follow and athletic-based, balance training that is task-specific and dual-task oriented, and finally resistance training that imitates daily behaviors and offers multi-joint and multi-planar variations.
*This is the foundation of ToughAgers® classes.
Upon completion of this live course, participants will receive .6 CEUs for NASM and 6 CEUS for AFAA.