Marietta Mehanni

Gymstick for Older Adults

Gymstick for Older Adults resistance training personal training strength balance stability coordination

Written by Marietta

November 26, 2013

The Gymstick Older Adult education is the latest addition to the Gymstick education. This education was developed in response to feedback from Gymstick trainers requiring a more individualised program tailored to the needs of older adults. This training will provide personal trainers, group exercise instructors, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists with the tools to provide their clients with a varied, safe, appropriate and effective workout.

The Gymstick Older Adult education will demonstrate how a Gymstick can be Simply Effective for a variety of older adults in a group exercise format, personal training program or as an independent exercise tool.


Why use the Gymstick?

The Gymstick offers full body resistance training, allowing hundreds of movements and variations, replicating free weight exercises. However, unlike free weights, which introduce load in a downward direction due to gravity,  Gymstick provides resistance in virtually any desired direction and position.

Gymstick also has attachment points to either side of the body’s centre of gravity. The more the bands are stretched, the greater the challenge on the body’s musculature to maintain a stable trunk position. This ensures the body’s core is effectively ‘switched on’ during even the most basic exercises. The instability created by these co-dependent levers also helps to improve joint strength and stability.

More eccentric control is required to complete a movement effectively with the Gymstick (with free weights), which increases the pre-loading necessary for effective concentric muscle action. This assists in maintaining tendon integrity and reduces the risk of injury.

Want to improve your workouts?

Want to make sure that your older clients are getting results?

Then you need the Gymstick For Older Adults Workshop! This training will help you use the Gymstick effectively to deliver effective group or personal training workouts.

This education includes:

  • How the Gymstick can be used to cater for different needs: Physical and cognitive abilities, injuries, flexibility, strength, balance and endurance
  • How to provide modifications for various health issues that are specific to older adults
  • How to develop functional training to suit the particular needs of the client
  • How to challenge balance, proprioception, muscle strength and endurance and joint stability safely
  • How to incorporate the use of a chair, walls and beds or benches with the Gymstick for a safe and effective workout
  • Using the Trios concept, develop exercises that provide a progressive overload that is appropriate for the individual and their needs


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