By Georgia Costa
With over 40 years of experience, Blaine Senior Center’s newest personal trainer Donald Boose is dedicated to a holistic and educational approach to improving the lifestyle and fitness of those in the community who are 50 years and up.
Before arriving at his strength training class at the senior center’s gym, a few things are necessary. First and foremost, attendees must be well-hydrated, fed and rested, Boose said. Participants also have to bring a doctor’s note stating their medical condition (if they have one), blood pressure, heart rate and the OK to exercise.
Boose advises that during the workout, folks keep track of their heart rate, maintain balance and actively think about correct form.
“When people don’t know how to do an exercise, they watch other people do it,” he said, adding that if people aren’t aware of their movements, it can be very dangerous and potentially lead to injury.
The two main things to do after a workout are to eat and hydrate, Boose said, while stretching is also vital.
“The number one thing to establish a good fitness routine is a change in lifestyle,” he said. “If you want to keep living the way you do, you must prioritize fitness.”
He added that exercise is just as much of a priority as work and play.
“A lot of people come into my class and are just going through the motions,” Boose said. “They don’t really care.”
According to Harvard Medical School, people lose 3 to 5 percent of muscle mass per decade after turning 30 years old and most men lose about 30 percent of their muscle mass throughout their lives. Consistent exercise will help people maintain strength as they age and lengthen their lifespan, Boose said.
“If you stop moving your muscles, they’ll fail you,” he said.
Personal trainers need to know a participant’s medication intake because it affects balance, according to Harvard Medical School. Balance is essential during exercise, as well as remembering the five components of fitness.
The five components of physical fitness are muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body fat composition, Boose said. During a fitness routine, cardio as a warmup is good for the cardiovascular aspect, and everything that follows goes with the five components, he said.
Boose’s strength training classes are 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Tuesdays and Thursdays. The next five-week session starts Tuesday, February 15.
“I want to educate people,” he said. “People need to prioritize exercise with work and family.”