The Health, Fitness, and Recovery needs of seniors have not been satisfactorily met in the Greater Memphis Area, and, probably, in most of the nation. The Wellness Needs of Seniors are both under served and not understood.We all have or have had someone very close to us that, due to their advancing age, have encountered health issues that we wish something could be done to make it better and improve the quality of life for our loved one. For instance, an arthritic hip or back has intensified fears of falling and left him or her homebound, making the problem much worse. The doctor tells them to get more exercise, but they have little insight into where to go.
Rehabilitation Clinics provide physical therapists that do a fantastic job restoring function and movement, but often lack the expertise to finish the rehab process. For example, I recently had my right knee replaced and was assigned a therapist that earned a doctorate in physical therapy. He did a fantastic job restoring function and movement to my knee and overcoming the post-op complications that my case presented. However, he failed in his attempt to provide a program to strengthen my right knee and return my right leg to a functional unit with the left leg, demonstrating a lack of knowledge in muscle behavior and program design. Unfortunately, there exists some professional disrespect between physical therapy and personal training, leading to some unnecessary complications when working with the same individual.
Commercial gyms and studios are designed for body builders, athletes, models, and others with very active lifestyles. Logically, body builders train those members who are interested in body building, athletes train those members interested in being better athletes, and so forth. Seniors are left to be trained by someone who does not specialize in the special needs of seniors. The fallacy with that concept is easy to see. To make matters worse, the vast majority of personal trainers in Memphis receive their certification through online companies that are lacking in their educational requirements and content. In addition, gyms and studios for the most part hire personal trainers based on sales, not education and expertise.
Recovery Training Memphis (2018) was formed to provide professional, efficient, and effective service to the Health, Wellness, and Recovery needs that seniors require to maintain a higher quality of life and increase the number of clients that can be served as opposed to what one-on-one personal training can provide. Instead, of trying to build a studio to serve my client, i am opening a series of cells within gyms that will work similar to rehab facilities in that their will be the head trainer and a supporting staff to address the resistance training, the cardio, and dietary needs of the client. The first cell is scheduled to open in February 2019 at French Rivera Fitness in the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center.
The beauty of the restructuring of Recovery Training is that the assistants will allow me to focus strictly on the needs of my clients and the partnerships with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Cenegenics. I am in the process of becoming a NASM-certified Master Trainer, becoming a partner as opposed to a student. I will be able to share my knowledge and experience with other NASM Master Trainers and contribute to the NASM educational courses. In addition, I will be allowed to conduct workshops on site to train other personal trainers on the proper way to work with the wellness of seniors and have the credentials to dispel any professional conflict that might exist with physical therapy. Reaffirming my partnership with Cengenics will allow me to share the best age management program in the US with Recovery Training clients, allowing them to have a greater quality of life.