Paul Holbrook

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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.

Rapid Movement Training for the 50 Plus Market

This workshop will give participants a new perspective on both the importance of speed training in older adults as well as the barriers encountered. Mostly, demonstrations on specific rapid training movements using body weight, bands and equipment will be performed. Additionally, attendees will learn where on the force/velocity scale that older adults should be aiming for maximum results.

Objectives:

1. Attendees will have a better understanding of the importance of speed of movement for older adults and why that should be a high priority in training.

2. Though virtually, this will be a hands-on workshop where you will learn specific rapid movements to be used for clients and what progressions and regressions to use.

3. Attendees will also learn how to program rapid movement into their overall program. In addition, they will learn that engaging in speed training will encapsulate so many of the physical modalities that we are responsible for administering to clients.

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