Paul Holbrook


About Paul Holbrook

Paul has a Masters degree in Gerontology from the Fischer Institute for Wellness at Ball State University. He worked as an intern at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University under the direction of Dr. Maria Fiatarone and Dr. Miriam Nelson. In addition, Paul also studied the social and psychological aspects on aging in relation to health. He was involved in increasing muscle strength and mass through resistance training in older adults at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, in Boston, MA.

Paul is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has worked as a personal trainer for over 20 years with over 40,000 personal training hours. He is also certified in the Functional Movement Screen. Paul is also on the advisory board for the Functional Aging Institute. Paul has been a Zen practitioner for 20 years and is currently working toward his Big Mind Zen certification from Zen Master Genpo Roshi.

In 2005, Paul founded Age Performance which is a human performance training center for adults 50 plus where he develops comprehensive strength training programs to improve their physical function and human performance. Paul gives frequent seminars and workshops on older adult physical performance at fitness centers and senior housing developments. He currently competes in Master Track and Field meets participating sprints. He won three gold medals and one silver medal at the Intermountain Masters Track and Field meet in Colorado in 2008. He currently medals in the Huntsman World Senior Games in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m track events.  He is also the creator of the Rapid Movement Training course.

What I Have Learned in 30 Years of Training Older Adults

The training business can be a challenging one for industry novices and seasoned professionals alike. As trainers, we are expected to make our clients stronger, faster, and more functional, while, at times, also acting as a source of inspiration and an emotionally present confidant. In this session you will not only learn proven techniques for training older adults, but will also acquire strategies to boost confidence in your own wisdom and intuition--both of which are essential to building a meaningful career.


1.  You will learn simple training techniques to quickly maximize client results.

2. You will develop more confidence in your training by learning to trust your intuition and the innate wisdom of the body.
3.  Every trainer experiences burnout at some point in their career. You will learn to overcome or avoid burnout through techniques designed to re-engage you with yourself, your passion, and your clients.

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