Category Archives: Older Adult

Strength Training for Seniors

Many of the physiological changes we once thought were an inevitable part of aging are now known to be the result of de-conditioning rather than age. There are certainly some age related changes that occur to our bodies, such as hormonal changes in middle age that can affect muscle mass and body composition. But strength training programs […]

Osteoporosis Exercise Guidelines

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian post-menopausal women are at higher risk. Bone is living tissue that is constantly remodeling itself: breaking down the old and being replaced with new (which is how we are able to recover from fractures). Osteoporosis occurs […]

5 Benefits of Barefoot Training

Barefoot and minimalist training has become all the rage over the last few years, especially among the running community. As a certified Barefoot Training Specialist who specializes in corrective and post-rehab exercise, I must remind you that barefoot running and barefoot training are NOT the same thing (though folks who are interested in transitioning to […]

Personal Training for Older Adults

As a professional Personal Trainer who specializes in special populations, corrective exercise, and orthopedic post rehab, I have been offering personal training for older adults in the Minneapolis area since 1997. While this is not the only population I work with, it has become a bigger part of my client base over the last 6-8 […]

How to Master the Hip Hinge

No matter what your age or gender, you need to be able to pick stuff up and put it down. Whether it’s a load of laundry, a small child, or a sack of groceries, people lift things (sometimes heavy things) and set them down again on a daily basis. To do this involves being able […]

How to Regress a Push-Up

Most of the new clients I see struggle to do a basic push-up correctly, yet they are frequently quick to want to move on to more challenging variations even though they aren’t ready. Men typically have more upper body strength than women, but push-ups are a total body exercise that actually rely more on core […]

Strength Training: 8 Reasons You’re Not Getting Stronger

Most of my clients come to me with improving strength as one of their goals, whether they are training for a specific sport, an older adult trying to remain living independently, or simply want to improve function and quality of life after an illness or injury. There are lots of reasons why people hit plateaus […]

Improve Your Balance With the Foot Tripod Exercise

Here is a simple exercise that is suitable for all ages and abilities that can improve your balance and strengthen the intrinsic muscles in your feet: the Foot Tripod exercise. I use this with my elderly clients who want to improve balance, my post rehab clients whose balance is sometimes impaired after surgery or injury, […]

How to Get FREE Personal Training in Minneapolis!

While I firmly believe that any investment that you make to improve your health will SAVE you money in the end, it can still be tough to come up with the cash NOW to get the services you need from a qualified fitness professional. I listed several ways to get professional personal training on a […]

How to Assess Muscle Strength in Older Adults

Most fitness experts agree that maintaining muscle strength should be the number one concern for older adults. A decline in muscle strength affects people’s ability to do everyday activities such as getting in and out of a chair or bathtub, climbing stairs, getting in and out of a car, carrying laundry or groceries, picking up […]