How to Train an Older Adult

Tom MacCormick

Strength and Conditioning, Personal Training, Sports Science



Robert Linkul is the National Strength and Conditioning Associations (NSCA) 2012 Personal Trainer of the Year. Robert runs Be Stronger Fitness, a Strength and Conditioning facility that focuses on training an older clientele demographic. With their skill set and experience, Robert and his team are uniquely qualified to provide proper strength training for the older adult.



They focus on developing nine critical components of fitness:


  1. Muscular Strength
  2. Muscular Endurance
  3. Cardiovascular Endurance
  4. Coordination
  5. Flexibility
  6. Reaction Time
  7. Change in Body Composition
  8. Power Production
  9. Balance


This episode was a ton of fun to record!


We discuss the main similarities and differences to consider when training the older adult, such as defining an older adult, how to get a client buy-in, and tests you can use to assess your biological age and strength levels.


If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email me at or drop me a DM on Instagram @tommaccormick.


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