I found this from the New York Times:
A good personal trainer should be someone who has a college degree or certification in exercise physiology, and can communicate and motivate . . . A good personal trainer for older adults should have that — and something else: an understanding of the aging process . . .
“It’s been our experience that older adults are more accepting and more willing to work with persons closer to their age,” says Mr. Rogers, research director of the Center for Physical Activity and Aging at Wichita State University in Kansas.
Being 20 and all hyped up on testosterone I take training very seriously. The hour-and-a-half I am physically in the gym and the countless hours I spend on nutrition weight training takes up a significant portion of my day. In the gym I fill the role of an informal personal trainer, giving people tips on correct form and exercises. I can relate to article, but in the opposite way.
I have trouble helping people who are not near my level. I might suggest regimens that are too intense or complex, and as my headline may suggest I have a radically different goal for exercise than many elders might. I am also guilty of suggesting techniques that more closely resemble my goals rather than the goals of those I am trying to help. Exercise is very important for maintaining a healthy body, and elders need someone who understands how best to achieve this.