Senior Fitness

If you are like most seniors you may have similar goals but your challenges may be quite different. My facility is geared for those who value very individualized programs at a reasonable price. Clients choose my gym and I for a variety of reasons they may not find elsewhere including:

  1. One on one privacy for better comfort, communication and focus
  2. The set up and equipment I have that make the exercises easier to perform
  3. Ability to use it at their convenience with no extra cost
  4. The environment inside and out is relaxing with nice views, temperature control and music
  5. Creative ways they can incorporate their program anywhere.

Note, if you are a member of Silver and Fit program, I, like any other owner of of the gym will get reimbursed a total of only $3 per person per visit and up to a maximum of $30 per month. I am happy to assess you freely and tell you what you need to do. However, Silver and Fit will NOT reimburse me or any other trainer anything for any specific training. At that point the member will have to compensate the trainer a fair price. The current system they offer also no longer offers reimbursement for nutritional consultations. It is basically a free membership. Currently I do not offer group classes as is not nearly as effective as one on one.

GAIT – Walking and sitting properly by far is single most important exercise you can do to stay fit. Along If done well, it tones you and keeps you flexible and energized. It relaxes you, allows you to breathe properly, keeps you mindful of what nourishes your brain and spine and all the other joints, muscles and other components that make up your body.

My process and goal is helping you do all those movements better.

AEROBIC EXERCISE – My facility contains a variety of different types of treadmills, bikes and cross trainers. Based on your goals and assessment of your current physical health I can help you determine what type of cardio is best, how intense, how long to do it and how many days per week. When done long enough and properly you may feel that wonderful endorphin release that makes feel great.

Doing so properly can reduce unneeded body fat, blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other symptoms. It can also improve your sleep, metabolism, mood, and energy level so you can better enjoy your daily activities. For maintenance you should build up to 30 minutes 4-7 days per week. If you want to lose weight you may need to do twice that.

STRENGTH TRAINING – My facility also has an assortment of exercise machines, cable machines, free weights, bands and pulleys. I will help you learn how to incorporate a functional strength training program you can also use anytime. Once you know how to do it with confidence I can lend you a key and or set create a home routine for you. However, having a mirror to do the strength training optimally is invaluable.You should do a minimal of 2 days strength training for maintenance and 1-2 days more to strengthen weakened muscles. The right program will allow you to notice strength gains in 2-4 weeks and can improve or protect bone density.

REHABILITATION – Often seniors come to me with a host of common issues including bunions, plantar fasciitis, back problems, rotator cuff issues, tendonitis, hip or shoulder bursitis, frozen shoulders or recent surgeries. I have extensive physical therapy education and experience. I have patients come to me who are still in physical therapy or just recently completed but need more progressive strength and conditioning in multiple areas. With multiple cable machines, a physical therapy table, arm crank, overhead pulleys, free weights, bands and great mirrors I can usually find creative ways to give you a great workout despite your challenges.

FLEXIBILITY – Different circumstances require different types of stretches and strategies that may not seem relevant. I work with people that are injured, repetitively stress, people playing sports, surgeries and chronic poor posture. Back in early 200o I earned an on-sight weekend program called the Integrated Flexibility Specialist (IFS) accreditation from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). It was a combination of different types of stretches to improve certain muscle flexibility.

While is was a great program that had some effective benefits, it only scratched the surface when it comes learning how the spine drives function. A lot of improvements come through restoring normal spine and pelvic function so predictable tight restrictive limb and spine muscles loosen much easier. I follow structural integration, aka rolfing with Erik Dalton and Richard Don Tigny to gain much more understanding of how to more effectively reduce pain, stiffness and restriction.

Observing and understanding gait is the most useful thing that we can do to reduce unnecessary tension. Often times I see upper body alignment improve just by the right adjustments in the lower half.

I examine your whole body muscle tone, joint alignment to fix issues. I believe it is important to not only address the muscle that is restricting function but also how the other muscles in the area may be part of the problem. Once I assess the likely causes I use evidence based proven therapies to restore normal function. When range of motion improves with the right conditioning performance as a whole will improve.

BALANCE – My gym is equipped with several effective and safe ways to improve balance. With great mirrors to see alignment and adequate shoes and strengthening of the foot, ankle and hip structure balance can improve quickly.

DIET / FAT LOSS – As seniors age their digestive system may not digest or absorb nutrients as well. If you plan on exercising it would be important to make sure you are eating a healthy diet for you goals. Learning a little bit about what, when and how much you eat will be a good start. Once I assess this, you may need to consider instituting small changes about how you plan, what to eat, where you eat and what you choose on the menu. Cutting down 100-200 calories a day can a make help you lose several pounds of fat over a few months.

ACCOUNTABILITY – Bringing about new habits is a challenging uphill battle. It is so easy to get sidetracked and lose sight of what is really important and fall back down. It is a lot easier to have someone qualified to help you along the way when it is tough. Setting an appt. and paying for your health keeps your goals at the top of your mind. Once you are here, the rest of the session is down hill. Having regular meetings and discussing what is really important while enjoying the process is part of the goal.

You will be inspired by how Liz made incredible changes in her weight and strength. I have been working with Liz for almost 10 years now yet she is still maintaining her weight and relatively pain free in her 80’s. Through this process she has stayed mentally strong to push through her aches and pains. Well done!!