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Meet Sylvia.

Just 20-30 minutes of Walking each day is great especially for those who find themselves sitting for most of the day.

Just 20-30 minutes of Walking each day is great especially for those who find themselves sitting for most of the day.

Even though age is just a number, the fact that Sylvia is 93 and is still going strong is wonderful.  Part of our routine is the simple act of walking.  In order to this, she needs to push herself up from her chair, plant her feet firmly down, and lift her body into a comfortable upright position, to then grab a hold of the handles of her walker.  Push and lift.  Those are the actions simplified.  PUSH / LIFT.  This action I consider an exercise in and of itself: the ability to lift oneself out from a chair.  It’s a challenge not only for Sylvia sometimes, but for many seniors.  The cooperation of many muscles is necessary for this movement: those in the shoulders (front deltoids) and upper arms (triceps), chest (deltoids), lower back (latissimus dorsi), core (rectus abdominus), and legs (quadriceps).  Push.  Lift.  A “warm-up” method sometimes used is a 1,2,3-lift!  Whereby Sylvia rocks with a little lift on each number, with the big push and lift on #3.

I decided to add in the TRX Suspension Trainer to incorporate more muscles in a PULL / LIFT method.  Not only does this exercise put more effort into the major muscles not being used as much in the PUSH/LIFT method: arms (biceps now more than triceps), shoulders (rear more so than front deltoids), upper back (rhomboids, scapula), legs (hamstrings now more than quadriceps), and core, it also mimics the act if one was to fall.  Grip is also strengthened.  This is extremely important as we get older.  How to lift oneself up off the ground.  I have clients, with whom I am able to do exercises on the floor, that need to hold onto to either my arm or something nearby to stand.  The “row” exercise on the TRX is a fantastic way to develop this ability, not only physically but mentally, and be comfortable with lifting one’s own body.

If they’re able, I work on planks with my clients, and pushups of different modifications, to be comfortable and strong enough to either hold themselves up, or push themselves up off the ground.  However, I learned that in most situations, with either training clients or witnessing falls in the senior community, the person has had the ability to roll themselves over to then have assistance or find something to hold onto.  It’s the second part – the pulling and lifting, that is the essential second half of being able to get up off the ground.

A story I like to share was once I was working at a gym in a senior community.  A woman of senior age fell as she tried to step up over the curb and onto the sidewalk.  A woman of senior age tried to help.  He fell.  This is when I was notified and ran to see them both struggling in the parking lot.  I helped them each individually, with a female employee’s assistance.  If not to help yourself get off the ground, be strong enough to help someone you’re with.

Please consult with your physician before attempting any personal training routine.  You may contact with me any questions or comments below.  Check out these links for more information:

Gentle Movement for Seniors on Magic Sandbox

“Fitting in Health”: the articles

The Importance of Functional Movement in Seniors

TRX Suspension Training


Mark Hyman, MD: Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat


click> Mark Hyman, MD: Three Hidden Ways Wheat Makes You Fat.


“…. Yes, gluten is a real problem. But the problem is not just gluten. In fact, there are three major hidden reasons that wheat products, not just gluten (along with sugar in all its forms) is a major contributor to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, depression and so many other modern ills….”


For more information about Dr. Mark Hyman:  www.drhyman.com


From Gabriel Sanders: What an amazing, educational, and controversial article! So many questions about the truth of wheat products and gluten, health, how doctor’s treat digestive ailments, (the history of) food, and our own nutrition are brought to the surface and answered, while some are left open-ended.  Capital One asks “what’s in your wallet?”  I ask: “what’s in your stomach?”


Ref: www.huffingtonpost.com





“burn after writing”

From amazon.com:

Book Description

Publication Date: July 10, 2012
“burn after writing” is a collection of poems about love, loss, and solitude, by American poet Gabriel Sanders. This collection is full of stirring, unexpected, and even humorous reflections of relationships of the past and present. With poems such as “What was”, “burn after writing”, and “little ostrich”, Sanders shares themes that ring true for all of us, for the experiences of love is universal.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Gabriel Sanders is an American poet, sculptor, and screenplay writer. He is also a Certified Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer. Recently moved to Florida from New York City.

my new book of poetry!

My new book of poetry, burn after writing, is now on kindle! (www.amazon.com)

hard copy to be published soon!

A big thank you to my editor, Cara Winter!


* New classes of YOGA!

* New classes of TABATA!

* Still plenty of room for PRIVATE SESSIONS!