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Geri-Fit® is an evidence based group strength training exercise program for older adults of all senior ages and fitness levels. It's been around for nearly 20 years and was the very first senior fitness program that used dumbbell weights to help rebuild strength that's been lost through the aging process.
The Geri-Fit program is held at senior living communities, senior centers, physical therapy clinics, hospitals, wellness centers, dance studios, community centers, yoga and pilates studios, recreation centers, health clubs and gyms, colleges and universities, and other locations that offer group exercise classes for older adults.
The Geri-Fit® exercise program requires just a set of 2-pound dumbbells (each), a non-skid chair to do the exercises in, a stretch band for the stretches used before and after the workout, and water to drink during the workout. There's no dancing or choreography to learn and there's absolutely no floorwork! Both men and women can enroll.
The workout is considered a "progressive resistance exercise program" meaning that once the participants have built up enough strength using a set of 2-pound dumbbells, they can graduate to using heavier dumbbells weights in order to challenge themselves to become even stronger. A typical Geri-Fitter will work up to using 4-pound dumbbells within a year's time.
The Geri-Fit exercise program also incorporates stretching, stability and balance training as well as gait exercises. In addition to the wonderful strength gains that are accomplished with the program, seniors will also see an improvement in balance and functional capacity. The program is especially beneficial for those over the age of 75, however, any senior age and fitness level can participate. For seniors that are using canes or walkers, they will appreciate it the most as it will help them to get around easier.
Benjamin Franklin once said that "dumbbells hold a lot of wealth of good in a handful of minutes" and what he said couldn’t be truer. It’s never too late to get in shape. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your weights and let's get started!
For more information on how to
get Geri-Fit® or our other exercise programs offered at
your retirement community, senior center, health club, PT clinic, or
fitness studio, call
at 1-888-GERI-FIT, or click the Contact Us link
from any page on our website.
Geri-Fit is the proud recipient of
the 2013 Best Emerging Business award by the EDC southwest
Geri-Fit is the proud recipient of the 2013 Best Emerging Business award by the EDC southwest CA.
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