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Fit and Fabulous Over 55

Cathy loses husband and purpose but finds it at the TC and drops 40 lbs

By | Fabulous Over 50, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Health, Transformation Center

I pinch myself every day to have the opportunity to meet and hang around incredible humans who overcome so many obstacles.

I hope you will be inspired by Cathy’s story.

The one thing I want to point out from her story is that when she started, she could barely get to the ground or back up without help, but because we have incredible trainers here we are able to meet someone where they are and take them to where they want to be.

Here is Cathy in her own words:

January 2018 I was lost in my life. I lost my husband Mike to brain cancer June 23, 2017. Due to the stress over Mike’s illness and death I had gained all the weight that had taken me a year and a half to lose. I had knee surgery in December I needed to find a purpose in my life.  End of February I joined the Transformation Center and the 1 pm Fit over 50 small group personal training session.

I will not forget that first day when Dustin was there to help me get to the floor and show me how to get up. I still can’t believe how bad I really was that day. I could have given up but there was something about being there that helped me keep going.

I set a goal to be under 200 for my 60th birthday.  I missed my first goal by a week, but I did it. My next goal is to ride my bike in The Ride (to raise money for the UW Carbone Cancer Research Center) in honor of my husband Mike. The Ride is coming up this Sunday. I will do my best. A year ago I was 40 pounds heavier than I am today.

My final goal is to keep working out and to keep dropping weight and getting stronger, both physically and mentally.  I enjoy working out at the Transformation Center.

Erin has worked with me to get me to where I am today. He worked around my injuries and surgeries.  I get stronger every day and I am working towards getting strong enough to join the Killer Kurves group to prove to myself I can do it. I have 40 more pounds to hit my final weight goal but more importantly is for me to get stronger, and I know with the help of everyone at the Transformation Center I will meet that goal.

How to Age Awesome

By | Fabulous Over 50, Fit and Fabulous Over 55

How to Age Awesome – From Joel, 66 Years Young

While we have been training those ages 50-70+ for over 12 years, it wasn’t until 2 years ago that we decided to create small group personal training programs exclusively for this demographic. It quickly became our most popular program and continues to explode to the point where many of our session times are getting close to being sold out, and we can only run 3 groups (in our three rooms) at the same time, which we are doing during many hours now.

Joel, who is one of our awesome dance aerobics instructors, which we offer free to our clients, is 66 years young and we took some time yesterday to film a short video about his perspective on staying fit and healthy as you age.

<Click here to watch the video>

He shares some very powerful strategies and mind shift changes that can revolutionize your beliefs about exercise and fitness.

Here are a few of his key points:
“None of us older athletes are like we were 30 or 40, or even 10, years ago. But it’s not about being who you were, it’s about who you can be, and being the very best version of that you can be.
It’s not about competing against other men or the women in the session. I take a very yoga approach toward things. Again, it’s about being the very best that you can be, not about competing with the people on either side of you, or anyone else in the room, including yourself. Don’t beat yourself up because you can’t (yet) do something you think you should be able to do.

Not being able to do some things you’ve done in the past may open new fitness activities and opportunities that you may never have considered before
Time will pass no matter what. What you do with it is what’s important. If you’re feeling bad about how you’re doing physically, will you feel better 30 days from now if you don’t make a commitment to change? Or will you feel worse? The hardest thing to do is to take on the challenge of feeling better. But it’s worth it because you will see positive results. If you want something to change, you’ve got to change what you’re doing.”
Thanks Joel for your insights. I value and respect someone like him so much who has done his best to live a fit and healthy life despite many challenges he has faced.

His last point really hit home for me personally.

Time is going to pass by either way, if we don’t take the action TODAY to get to where we want, a month from now we will be even further away from our desired outcome/life.

 

I Conquered My Fear Of Water And Swimming…

By | Behavior Change, Challenge, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Strength, Uncategorized

This past weekend, I decided to go out and conquer my fear of water and swimming. One year from now, I will need to efficiently swim 2.4 miles for Ironman.  I have never been able to make it further than down and back at a pool, and haven’t treaded water for more than 2 minutes. That is why attempting to swim across Devil’s Lake, 1.2 miles terrified me.

With the support of a SUP that stayed near me. I was able to make it all the way across in a very slow and inefficient 71 minutes and only threw up 4 times during the swim.  I was unable to front crawl, so I spent the entire time laying on my back, flopping. I will probably use a few different swim coaches for the next year because I know this swim will probably be one of my hardest challenges.
 
The other day, I was sitting in my office at the Transformation Center working and eavesdropping on a handful of women in their 60s who had just finished their workout. The one woman was telling the other ladies about her epic hiking trips out to the mountains. The other ladies were inspired and they began to talk about possibly doing a trip either together or with others, and starting off with a smaller hike because of the confidence they have been getting through our Fit over 60 training program.
 
This made me think of my mom, and three years ago, she agreed to hike a 14,000 plus foot mountain in Colorado because it was what her kids wanted to do. This was the furthest thing from her comfort zone or personal desire. My mom did make it to the top having given every ounce of her energy and strength.  Seeing my mom climbing hands and feet at the top and saying, “only for you kids,” is a memory I will always cherish and it brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it.
 
Why am I sharing all this with you? My favorite health book of all time, Younger Next Year, (yes, in many ways more favorite than my own book) calls these sorts of activities “kedging.” The authors define “kedging” as planning a vacation or event that will require some training and some mental and physical pushing. I believe that these types of challenges will result in some of our biggest breakthroughs in life.
 
You might be a mom with three small kids, feeling like you have no time for yourself and your body is a larger, stretched out version of before and struggling to feel confident and beautiful. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in any part of your life. You might be a woman in your 40s watching your parents age and wondering how to avoid facing some of those same health challenges as you get older.  You want to be able to get down onto the floor and play with your grandkids and avoid taking tons of meds or dealing with severe daily pain.

Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in any part of your life.

You might be a woman in your mid 50s and have put on 30lbs of fat all around the midsection from the big “M” word.  You hardly recognize the body that you were just 5 years ago and wonder if your best years are already behind you. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality.  The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in the next phase of your life.
 
You might be a 65 year old newly retired woman who has seen her energy, strength and balance deteriorate rapidly over the past few years and are concerned what life will look like 10 years from now if this continues. Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level and reverse many of the “natural” experiences of rapid aging.
 
These are the type of clients that I and my incredible team of trainers work with both in Madison at our Transformation Centers and bootcamps and online through our home DVD programs each day.
 
Within the next week, I am going to share with you a story of a woman who lost 80 lbs and set a massive goal for herself.
 
Now that kids are back in school, we are looking for a few women interested in becoming Fit Moms for Life Leaders and obtaining massive results (physically and emotionally), while helping other women do the same. Join us for a special live webinar to learn more on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 PMCentral.  Click here to reserve your spot! Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and help others do the same and your life will never be the same.  Learn more about leading here:  http://www.fitmomsforlife.com/lead_now/

This Short Video Made Me Smile and Cry at the Same Time

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Fabulous Over 50, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Flexibly, Health, Mindset, Uncategorized

I recently attended the Functional Aging Summit in Phoenix Arizona.  Nearly 200 of the top professionals from around the world gathered to discuss training, nutrition, and psychology around helping transform the quality of life for baby boomers and beyond.

One of the presenters shared a very short video that had me smiling and crying at the same time; I am not sure if I have ever experienced that before.

*** PLEASE DON’T READ BELOW UNTIL WATCHING VIDEO ***

Why did I have tears in my eyes? I saw a woman who was 78 experiencing EXTREME joy and LIFE.  It showed a woman laughing like a child, and being 100% present in the moment. This is what I want to be like in 40 plus years… Are you fully living?  Do you have daily joy and laughter in your life?  I know I could certainly have more.

My goal as I age is to THRIVE rather than just SURVIVE.

Presenter after presenter shared sobering statistics of the extreme lack of health and over medication in those over the age of 50 in America today.  Chronic pain and other diseases are the norm instead of the minority. It broke my heart. The health care system is so broken (you already knew that) and focuses over 90% on treatment of symptoms rather than prevention in the first place.

A phrase that was repeated over and over again to us was the wave of the future is “Upstream Preventative Healthcare.” What we have been doing is only going to make things worse, we need to be PROACTIVE instead of REACTIVE. You and I don’t have another day to waste. We NEED to start TODAY to move more, sit less, eat more natural foods, and reduce the processed crap. Only then can we begin to fully THRIVE instead of SURVIVE.

 

 

Lessons Learned from Fitness Workshop (controversial)

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Fabulous Over 50, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Uncategorized

Last weekend, I took several of my trainers to Milwaukee for a fitness conference focused on transforming those from age 55-95 years old. Our instructor was a fitness expert out of Florida, go figure, and we learned so much when it comes to helping people age as awesome as possible. You might not be 55 or older yet, but chances are you have family members who are, and if we are blessed, we all will see the “golden” years for ourselves.

Here were some of my biggest takeaways:

As we age, we are less able to process protein.  For example, if a 25 year old can process 50 grams of protein, someone older could only process about 20 grams!  The take-away from this is to consume higher level of protein all throughout the day.

Five-ways-baby-boomers-can-stay-healthy-as-they-exercise-The American Heart Association recently took away their claim that 1 glass of red wine is good for the heart. Little to no alcohol is best as we age.

-Our thirst mechanism doesn’t work as well so staying hydrated and drinking enough water throughout the day is essential.

-The first thing to go fitness wise with age is power, so training for power becomes essential to maintain high function.

-Brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to create new neural pathways) was believed to end at the age of 35, but the latest research now shows that brains can still lay down new neural pathways into their 60s, 70s, and 80s.

-Memory and brain issues arise mostly because there is lack of blood flow to the brain, slowly killing off certain parts.  Exercise and proper eating promote increased blood flow to the brain improving memory and function.

-Our diaphrams are responsible for inhaling and exhaling and get significantly weaker as we age.  Focusing on deep diaphramic breathing will increase blood flow to the entire body, including the brain.

-Falls occur in those who have the weakest INTERNAL core muscles, hips, and glutes. Focusing on stabilization exercises are so important.

Aging is inevitable, but the quality of those later years are highly determined by what we do each and everyday now! Our Fit Grandparents programs at the Transformation Center has grown so quickly we are having to hire more and more trainers.  There is really no other programs in the area like what we are doing.  I am holding a a few more free exercise workshops next week. –>-> Click here to learn more. <-<-

I have been receiving requests from all over the world to create online/dvd programs for those over 55 years old. I plan on working on this over the summer.

Speaking of protein, our Hydrolyzed Collagen is now back on Amazon after having been sold out for the past few days. The joint pain relief, stronger hair and nails, and weight loss stories I have been hearing have been incredible. ->-> Click here to order yours right now. <-<-

How To Impress Your Doctor

By | Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Health, Strength, Transformation Center, Transformations, Uncategorized

Today I’m excited to share a testimonial from one of our Fit and Fabulous clients!

Sue is a great example of the type of client we work with in our Fit and Fabulous over 50 private group (and small group) training programs. Her mind is sharp but her body has let her down over the past decade. Less than a year ago she had her knee replaced, which gave her a new lease on life, but her other knee also needed a replacement.

Lucky for us, Sue randomly found my Fit Moms for Life book online and bought it. She read through it in one day and was excited to put what she read into action! She quickly discovered that our Transformation Centers were only 10 minutes from where she lived in Madison. Sue immediately contacted us, met with me and joined our Fit and Fabulous training group.

Sue only had about 7 weeks to strengthen up before her second knee replacement surgery. We pushed her as safely and quickly as possible to build her strength, increase her flexibility, and burn some fat to take the weight off her joints.

Sue recently had the surgery done and sent the following email to the three trainers at the Transformation Center that worked with her before her surgery.

Hi Liz. ….

Dr.My doctor could tell I worked out because I was so strong. Also…I was shocked when I went in for surgery, they brought in the anesthesiologist and he was getting ready to put in my IV….out of the blue he says…”Sue your arms are beautiful for a 64 year old lady. Most I see are all flab.” I looked at him & said “You have made my day!” He then said “We can tell that you’ve been working out because of how your lower legs look”. They had to give me a nerve block in my right leg by my thighs. He said this area is usually very very flabby for most women …

I wanted you to pass my email on to Michelle & Dustin to show them that all of our hard work is paying off.

My range of motion was 54 in the hospital & today I was able to get 74….so that is progress.

This week sitting in a chair & lying down I’ve been using my 9 lb weights & my new 10 lb weighted medicine ball.

MY doctor said…”Sue you are motivated to get fit……not many of my patients are. I have to tell them to lose weight before I will even do the surgery”.

I know this is long…but I thought all of you would be interested in what my doctors said….& especially about my arms. It certainly made me want to keep moving!

Thank you for sharing your experience, Sue! Your dedication and hard work before surgery and during your recovery is inspiring and demonstrates the importance of strength and fitness at all ages!

 

 

Dying a slow death

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Health, Lifestyle, Moms, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

The other day I shared with you some experiences from my time in Chicago with the Fit Moms For Life team learning about health and fitness from some of the top experts in the world. A couple of the presenters shared their belief that one-on-one personal training is dying a slow death. This is something I agree with and have seen happening for over 5 years now and in fact, as I trainer myself, I no longer offer one on one training sessions.

CommunityThere are a couple main reasons for this decline in one-one-one training…Cost is a big part of it. To see a high level trainer 4 times per week will cost you close to $800/month. While some can easily afford this, many cannot. Money isn’t the biggest reason for personal training’s slow death though – it really comes down to results and FUN.

Most of us, (even if we are introverts) would rather workout with a least one other person next to us, than all alone. Being alone with a trainer staring at you the entire time can be intimidating for many and just isn’t as fun as working out with 2-5 others sweating and laughing right along-side of you. My trainers and I can train half a dozen clients even BETTER than just one client at time, because each client feeds off the energy and the success of their peers. It is that simple. Plus the financial investment is 50%-60% less in a group training session versus one-on-one.

If you live within Dane County and want to explore the possibility of having your own private small training group, let me know. Fill out one of the below surveys and I will follow up with you as soon as possible. We’ll arrange to meet in person for a 20 minute success session to get to know you, find out exactly what you want to achieve and provide you with a plan to get you there!

We also have small groups specifically for those 50 and older.

->->Click here if you are under the age of 50<-<-

->->Click here if you are over the age of 50<-<-

Maybe you have no desire to have a trainer work directly with you or join any sort of fitness program, but PLEASE give yourself the gift of going out and finding a couple people that you will be committed to. Help each other workout hard, eat healthy, and live a healthier lifestyle. Your chances of long lasting success will skyrocket.

I hope you enjoy the halloween festivities with your family and friends. Remember, it really is about the fun you have with loved ones, not the food you eat, that make these holidays fun. Do what you can to get rid of whatever candy comes into your home as soon as possible – and NOT by eating it all! Give it away, hide it, trash it, whatever you need to do to rid your home of the sugary junk. With all the candy gone, you can better focus on all the other healthy treats autumn has to offer!

Free exercise & nutrition workshop – plus MUST READ book!

By | Body Assessment, Challenge, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Health, Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition, Strength, Uncategorized, Webinar

We have recently launched a new Fit and Fabulous over 55 training program here in Madison and the interest level has been phenomenal! It is already becoming one of our most popular programs, and I couldn’t be more excited!

->-> Click here if you want to learn more and schedule a free consult with me

Over the past month, I have been working hard to create an amazing 75-minute hands-on workshop that will assess attendee’s strength, flexibility, and balance, and then demonstrate 10 exercises to help improve any weak areas. In addition to the exercises, I will be talking about the top 8 anti-aging foods.

I was planning to charge $49 for this workshop, but decided to make it totally free. This particular workshop is designed for people in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. If you qualify – we hope you sign up and come join us! If you don’t qualify, we’d be honored if you pass this information onto someone who could benefit from this workshop.

->-> Click here to sign up for the free workshop <-<-

We will offer this seminar on two dates – this coming Sunday, September 21st and next Wednesday, September 24th. Click here to sign up.

1 youngAs you know, I read a lot – many times a book or more a week. Over the past few years, my clients have repeatedly told me about a specific, must read book. Until recently I just didn’t get around to it. When I did eventually start reading it, only 50 pages into the book, I immediately went online and ordered 60 copies for all my new Fit and Fabulous over 55 VIP clients.

What is the title of this amazing book? Younger Next Year. There is a male and female version of this book.

1 Young 2If you are over the age of 45, you need to read this. Even if you simply know someone who is over 45, you need to read this. So that means I recommend this book to everyone! It is written by two men, a leading doctor in preventative anti-aging, and a man in his 70s who made a dramatic change in lifestyle in his 50s to improve the quality of his life. The book provides a great balance of humor, science, and practical application. The main ideas in the book come from two simple, but powerful charts. This first chart shows the rapid decline of a person once they hit the age of about 55. This decline only happens because of the westernized lifestyle, which is very sedentary and full of highly processed food.

I am sure you can just look around at loved ones in your life and completely agree with this sobering graph.

But there is GOOD news…

It doesn’t have to be that way. If you follow the recommendations in the book, you can virtually prevent the aging process when it comes to your 1 Young 3physical capabilities and health. Here is the chart that shows what life can look like when you do the right things.

The authors believe that 80% of preventing the steep decline is regular exercise at different levels of intensity.

  • 2-3 days of resistance training using weights you can handle lifting 10-20 times.
  • 4 days of aerobic exercise – some steady-state cardio and some interval or burst training.
  • 1 day per most weeks of longer sustained cardio 1-3 hours long.

This is a very simplified version but they argue that in your 30’s and 40’s you can get away with 3-4 days per week of exercise, but once you hit your 50’s the tide is going against you and in order to fight the decline you MUST workout 6 days per week… No if, ands or buts.

This book came out about 10 years ago, and the little bit of nutrition advice they give is pretty good overall, but they fall short on their understanding of saturated fats, and fats in general. This is because there have been many groundbreaking studies over the past 5-8 years that show many saturated fats are actually good for you. I definitely still highly recommend this book Younger Next Year!

If you are in the Madison area and over the age of 50, I hope to see you at one of the two free upcoming workshops I am hosting at the Transformation Center.

=> Click here to register now, limited spots available

Side note….Mom, I know you read every blog post, I have talked to you about this before, but please take it seriously… Please try and exercise everyday and make sure 2-3 times per week you are doing weight training. A couple miles of biking each day at a slow pace just won’t cut it. I love you!

 

I cried…

By | Challenge, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Flexibly, Health, Strength, Transformation Center, Transformations, Uncategorized

The past two days have been special for me. I have been meeting with potential clients who have filled out the Fit and Fabulous over 55 application for our new program that we are launching in Madison. There isn’t a program even close to this in the Madison area. I spend 30 minutes chatting with each person and I ask a lot of questions and just listen. Each individual story inspires me, challenges me as a human, and makes me a better person.

Everyone has a story and when we block out all the noise in this crazy world and just listen, it can be amazing. Let me just briefly share with you a few of the people I have met (and will get to work with further since 100% have joined our program now).

There was an amazing woman in her mid 60’s who has been a giver and caretaker most of her life. She works full time at a job that requires her to sit the entire day. She is looking to lose about 90 lbs. Walking more then 100 feet is extremely exhausting and almost unbearable. When she married her second husband a decade ago she gained 50 lbs because of the unhealthy lifestyle he lived. She knows too well the challenges of the environment. For her, some simple exercises and eating changes will radically transform her life and the life of her family.

A spunky husband and wife came in who were in their upper 50’s. The wife was the one to come to see me, and the husband came because he didn’t want the wife accusing him of sabotaging her efforts (I found this funny). She was of a healthy weight, but lacked strength. She ate very well, but didn’t want the aging process to take over quicker then it should. She is also prone to bone density issues. He was moderately active and wanted to keep up his golf game, downhill skiing, and continue to enjoy his retirement. He didn’t eat nearly as healthy as his wife, which I could tell frustrated her. I asked him at the end if he would like to join his wife in this program and he said yes, to the shock of his wife. Moral of the story after 35 years you can still learn something about your spouse, and these two together are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Next was a woman who was soon to turn 60. At one point she was over 300 lbs but has lost over 40 lbs. Her second husband is a quadriplegic who she married about a decade ago. Her story of nurture and selflessness made my eyes water. She has overcome other awful things in her life and is at the point where she is ready to face her past demons head on. She is determined to be strong so that she can continue to serve and take care of her husband and prove to herself that she is capable of anything.

I met another woman who was in her mid 50’s. She had been part of our bootcamps in the past, but wanted something different. Something that was more geared towards her age. She successfully ran a half marathon recently and is in pretty good cardio shape, but her knees are beginning to hurt from all the pounding. She is concerned about her lack of strength, but yet wants to feel and discover the athlete inside of her. She also cares for her adult daughter who has developmental challenges and lives with her and her husband full time. She needs to be physically strong to take care of her.

I took a break from the 55 plus group and met with an inspirational woman in her mid 20’s. She and her boyfriend were both injured a couple years ago doing CrossFit (this is no knock on CF); for the past two years she has battled a bulging disc and gained over 40 lbs. She was a D1 collegiate athlete who is now eager to get back to her former self. She has a good idea what she should be eating, but hasn’t had enough accountability to make it a consistent habit. She will be joining our next Killer Kurve’s session and is probably getting her boyfriend to join as well. Her smile and spirit was incredible.

Another special encounter happened with a single woman in her mid sixties. Her personality and energy were that of a 20 year old. For over 40 years she was a professional dancer and performer. All of that dancing caught up to her joints and she has had a knee replaced, and is in bad need of the other knee and hip being replaced. She uses a cane lightly to walk, and needs to lose 25 lbs before the doctors will replace her other side; and she would like to lose over 75 all together. She watches every Dancing With The Stars Episode saying to herself, “I can do every one of those moves”… until she realizes she is captive to her body right now. I took her to our training room and gave her a couple exercises using the TRX that allowed her to squat and bend her legs deeper then they have been bent in years. I gave her a simple band and put it around her ankles and she did some exercises to strengthen her glutes. She has three beautiful nieces and nephews and they want nothing more then for her to play on the ground with her. Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible right now. I can’t wait to see the progress she makes – it is going to be insane! No more cane, and much easier time getting up from the ground.

So why do I share these stories with you?

Besides the fact that I am super proud of each of these people finding the courage to admit that they need help, and saying YES to investing in themselves, I hope that it does much more for you.

I want to encourage you to take the time and sit down with someone and just ask them questions. Ask them about their life, ask them about love, about their passions, about what makes them tick. We live in such a shallow and busy society that we have lost the art of just listening and supporting.

Second, I believe that we each have a story. We each have a story that is so unique that no one in the entire world has our story. By sharing our story we inspire and teach others. We show our vulnerability, our heart, and our passions.

I want to thank each of these people for sharing their story and blessing me, and I hope that by sharing parts of their story with you, that I have inspired you too.

Lastly, I hope that you can relate to at least one of these stories that I have shared with you. You see, we are all very different, but we all are humans and have the same basic needs and wants.

Tying this back into health, wellness, and fitness, we all desire to have a body that we are proud of, that we can look in the mirror and smile at. We want to have a body that is healthy and disease free so that we can do the activities that we love doing. We want a body and a mind that is sharp, so that our relationships with our spouse, kids, grandkids, friends, and coworkers are as strong as possible.

We all have our demons, our challenges, our mental roadblocks, our injuries, and we have a future. That future is so dependent on the actions we take today.

Thank you for allowing me to share my heart with you today and each day that I write. I am honored that you would take the time to read it.

I hope that this message has inspired you in some way. I am here if you want to share your story with me.

 

 

How much balance & flexibility do you have? Take this test!

By | Behavior Change, Fit and Fabulous Over 55, Health, Nutrition, Transformation Center, Transformations, Uncategorized

Do you struggle with balance or flexibility?

No matter what your age, you may struggle with this, but as a person ages, balance, flexibility, bone density, and strength are four things that naturally decrease, unless you do something to counteract this decline.

Today, I would like to cover the topics of balance and flexibility and show you a few simple tests you can do to see where your balance and flexibility ranges are.

In this short video I invite you to take your own balance and flexibility tests…

Stork: Poor (0-10 sec), Average (10-40 sec), Great (41 plus sec)

Single Leg Deadlift: Poor (0-5), Average (6-15), Great (16 plus)

Quad Stretch: Poor (Can’t grab foot), Average (Grab foot butt heel doesn’t touch butt), Great (Heel can touch butt)

Trunk Rotation: Poor (Noon-2:30), Average (2:30-4:00), Great (4:00 or greater)

Squat Test: Poor (Above parallel), Average (Parallel), Great (Below parallel)

Once you complete these 5 simple tests you will have a good idea of where you stand (or fall over). That was my attempt at a joke.=)

Stay tuned for next blog post I will provide you with some exercises and stretches you can do to improve these important balance and flexibility tests.

We recently launched Fit and Fabulous Over 55 in Madison. These specialized small groups will be 45 minute sessions and will focus on balance, flexibility, strength, and fat loss. We will provide you with an eating plan and nutritional coaching designed for post menopausal women that will give you more energy, more strength, and help you keep up with your grand kids (current or future)!

Spaces will be very limited so to get more information and be the first in line ->-> CLICK HERE <-<- to fill out a short application and our FM4L team member Anita will follow up personally with you. Click here to let us know you are interested in our new Fit and Fabulous Over 55 program!

If you don’t live near Madison and are looking for a joint friendly or 50 year old + workout, my Boomin Bodies DVDs are a great option! The DVDs contain two, short total body workouts that are extremely joint friendly.