FUNctional Fitness For Older Adults

This program was developed for 65+ year old individuals interested in learning how to improve their overall fitness level, function, strength balance, posture, and well-being. Participants attend at least 2 days per week for 10 weeks with anticipation of continuing to exercise at a community fitness facility.  

The Functional Fitness for Older Adults exercise program helps participants to establish a fitness plan to combat the effects of the following:

  • Muscle loss (sarcopenia)
  • Compromised balance and reaction time
  • Bone loss (osteopenia & osteoporosis)
  • Decreased muscular endurance & energy
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Worsened posture
  • Arthritis
  • Increased frailty
  • Dementia & diminished cognition 

Numerous studies in aging and exercise has demonstrated that regular exercise is very effective in reducing the negative physical, cognitive and emotional effects of aging. (ACSM, 2012).
Our 10-week FUNctional Fitness for Older Adults (FFOA) exercise class is designed to improve your overall function, health, independence and quality of life. You will learn exercises to improve your strength, endurance, coordination, balance, reaction time and flexibility.

Program Information
Functional Fitness for Older Adults is a supervised gym program that requires each person to move from one piece of equipment to another independently or with minimal assistance. Our Fitness Specialists supervise and assist participants as they train on equipment. We also include a variety of exercises that improve strength, balance, and coordination that can be performed in the studio and home. Each session meets for 60 minutes, 2 times per week for 10 weeks on the following days: 

Monday & Wednesday Sessions
 10-11am

Tuesday & Thursday Sessions 
1 -2 pm

You can register for a Monday/Wednesday session or a Tuesday/Thursday session at any time during a session. Each person decides how much time they want to spend at the studio completing their exercises. The program allows a lot of flexibility if the scheduled time of your session conflicts with an outside appointment such as a doctors appointment.

Criteria for admission:
65 years of age and older (exceptions may be considered)
Participants must be able to understand and retain verbal and visual instruction, and walk with or without a cane or walker.
Written exercise clearance from your doctor is required prior to your initial fitness assessment
Completion of a health history intake form, signed release and fitness assessment.
If you have any questions regarding your ability to participate in our program please call us at 734-232-1196.

Due to the popularity of the program space is limited. Call for availability.

Program includes:

Initial and post-program fitness assessment to measure your fitness level in the areas of strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, balance and agility.
Initial consultation with a degreed Exercise Specialist to review your health history, exercise experience, fitness and functional goals.
Two supervised group exercise sessions per week for 10 weeks.
Orientation on exercise equipment including strength, treadmills, NuSteps, recumbent and upright stationary bikes, elliptical, bands, balls, free weights, etc.
On-going instruction and assistance with advancing your program. 

Policies:

  • Individuals wanting to participate in the program can pay by check or credit card. Participants must register prior to attending.
  • Program participation may be suspended due to injury or severe illness.
  • Missed classes: Participants may make up class during another class time.
  • If a class is cancelled we will make every effort to contact participants by phone or email.

 Effective March 2019:  Classes size and times available will be changed as we continue to increase our Physical Therapy Specialty services in our studio.  See staff if you have questions.

 

  

Location

UMHS Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Transitions Training Studio
325 East Eisenhower Parkway
Garden Level, Suite 12
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express
Sorry, we do not accept insurance 
Prices and services are subject to change without notice.

For more information contact us:
(734) 232-1196
Email: PMR-Transitions@med.umich.edu