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Programs for ages 50+
Programs for ages 50+
5/2/13 10:09 AM
I was hoping to get some insight and thoughts from some of you. I have someone asking about what programs or exercises they should/could be doing to get back in shape. They are over the age of 50 and have some trouble with their legs (not sure exactly what). They are pretty active doing stuff outside all of the time. Usually digging around in the yard and gardening. Being that I am in my 30's I'm just not sure. I want to make sure I give them the best possible answer. I'm sure they should consult their dr. first. So for those of you that are over 50 and doing a Beachbody program, what would you suggest? Or anybody that knows other people over 50 doing a program what would you suggest?

Thanks!

Ryan
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RE: Programs for ages 50+
5/2/13 2:31 PM as a reply to RyanFallon.
Ryan
I am 53 on Monday so I will do the best that I can. The biggest question is what is the problem with their legs. Different programs have different stress levels so checking with their physician first is an excellent first step.

The two basic programs I would suggest as a strating point for discussion Tai Cheng - which is a Tai Chi based program, as well as Power 90, which is the precursor to the P90X series. The Tai Cheng is fantastic in developing balance and general fitness, and is excellent for older people who are starting from a lower fitness base, and especially low flexibility.

P90 is fairly beginning level, much less intense then many of the other programs, but does an excellent job of starting to build muscle (decreasing muscle gets to be a huge problem starting around our age) but is easily modified for most physical limitations. For those really beginning, Power 90 also come with the "Fat Burning System, an even more basic and low-impact aerobic program that transitions into Power 90.

In fact, from my position as a Coach I would prefer people who are starting from a very low fitness level to start with something like Power 90, then the more popular INSANITY and other advanced workout. Less chance for injury that way.

There are other options available, depending on their likes and needs and any physical limitations.
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RE: Programs for ages 50+
5/3/13 7:06 AM as a reply to Guayaquil.
Thanks Guayaquil! I will definitely have them look into those. I had thought about Tai Cheng, but I haven't done it myself, so I wan't sure about it.
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RE: Programs for ages 50+
5/3/13 1:32 PM as a reply to RyanFallon.
There is also a series called "Tony and the Folks" LINK HERE that is designed for an older crowd. Of course, Tony himself is in his mid-50s, so obviously age isn't that much of a limitation.
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RE: Programs for ages 50+
5/5/13 10:53 AM as a reply to RyanFallon.
Hi! I'm currently finishing up Les Mills Pump w/a group of over 50 women, some who have been working out regularly and some who haven't done much in ten years so it's a good mix of experiences but they're all over 50. Pump starts off slow (too slow for me coming off of P90X!) but it's a good intro back into working out. The thing I like about Pump, though, is that people who are in shaped can work side by side with newbies. Those who are fit just use more weight or do more reps or get deeper in those lunges! The music is great, the instructors are clear and highly motivating. I think it would be a great first program for someone over 50!
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RE: Programs for ages 50+
5/5/13 2:43 PM as a reply to RyanFallon.
My mom is 50, and she is doing Slim in 6 (at least some of it).
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