Gym & Tonic seems to cater for everyone which is really pleasing to me! We have quite a few lads coming in very early, my morning classes attracting mostly ladies of 40 plus, the evening classes same again, with younger clients sprinkled in, and during the day all sorts!
But Friday mid-morning, especially, seems to have evolved for senior citizens. And I love them! This demographic requires specialist care and is more focused work with me. We have issues pertinent to age such as osteoporosis, kyphosis, scoliosis, arthritis and more. I’m often working under the umbrella of their physios or rehab (or alone), and it’s never too late to make improvements to their strength, posture and wellbeing. I’ve done a lot of work now with osteoporosis (OP), and I’d like to put to bed a myth recently dispelled (we were ALL advised of this one years ago):
I’ve been working with a Personal Training client who discovered (quite by chance after a fall), she had OP. We’ve been doing some nice, creative work together and she puts the work in. After many sessions of mainly weights and Barre work, I felt it would certainly do no harm for her to join my Swimsanity sessions in the pool. When you’re in the water EVERY move you make is against resistance BUT it isn’t weight bearing or ‘jolty’ (both renown to stimulate bone density). But my every instinct said do it anyway - and guess what!
The latest research says YES: water exercise builds bone!
This is exciting because I KNOW how many people love working out in water (and may struggle on dry land). It’s also really good for arthritis and is also anti inflammatory as the water presses against the body as it does a dam. You also cannot fall. The only caveat is that you are jumping and hopping (working to different intensities). This is not as hard core as it sounds – we do this anyway! In studies (I have the stats – just ask) - the water exercisers increased bone density throughout the body, and specifically in the spine and femur. If you are of Autumnal age and in need of a little help with your health please feel free to contact the Club 01497 822995