“I think the biggest key to programming for this age demographic is letting them recover just enough to be able to stay focused and go through the next cycle of things,” says John Van Every, owner of CrossFit Longevity in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Van Every found success bringing CrossFit to his father.
“We started thinking that offering CrossFit to his age group would be something that would be very beneficial,” he says. CrossFit Longevity was born to meet the needs of athletes 50 years old and older.
Programming for this demographic has been challenging, Van Every says. Minimizing his clients’ soreness is one of his primary concerns, so he keeps training frequency down to two-to-three days a week and evaluates new athletes for their first four weeks of training.
With recovery in mind, Van Every programs many interval workouts and usually includes a power day, endurance day and strength day in his three-day cycle.
“Everything’s been trial and error,” Van Every says.
Additional reading: Seniors and Kids by Greg Glassman, published Feb. 1, 2003.