FUNctional Fitness For Older Adults

This program was developed for 62+ year old individuals interested in improving their overall fitness level, function, strength balance, posture, and well-being. Participants attend at least 2 days per week for 8 weeks. Participants will be oriented to strength & cardiovascular equipment and exercises to improve posture, balance and flexibility. 

You're never too old to start - read Margaret Rookes story.

Functional Fitness for Older Adults is an exercise program that was developed to help participants combat the detrimental physical and cognitive effects of aging such as:

  • 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 the area of 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 8-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 approximately 60-90 minutes, 2 times per week for 8 weeks on the following days.  Participants are allowed and encouraged to visit the studio outside of the scheduled program during our normal hours of operation Monday - Saturday. 

You can register for a Monday/Wednesday session or a Tuesday/Thursday session at various times listed below.  Each person decides how much time they want to spend at the studio completing their exercises.  The program allows alot of flexibility if the scheduled time of your session conflicts with an outside appointment such as a doctors appointment. Participants are encouraged to come in during our normal business hours to make up their session.    

Monday & Wednesday Sessions
8:30 - 10am,  9:30am - 11am, 10:30am - 12pm,  or 1pm - 2:30pm

Tuesday & Thursday Sessions
9:30am - 11am, 10:30am - 12pm,  or 1pm - 2:30pm


Criteria for admission:
62 years of age and older (exceptions may be considered)
Participants must be able 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.

Program includes:

  • An initial fitness assessment to measure your fitness level in the areas of strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, balance and agility.
  • An 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 8 weeks, and access to the studio during your enrollment period. 
  • Orientation and on-going instruction on exercise equipment including strength, treadmills, NuSteps, recumbent and upright stationary bikes, elliptical, bands, balls, free weights, etc.
  • On-going introduction to home exercises to improve balance, posture, coordination and flexibility. Every two weeks we will introduce participants to a new exercise they can perform at home. 

Program Fee
$175.00 (initial fee)
$120.00 (renewal)


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
Sorry, we do not accept insurance or American Express
Prices are subject to change without notice

For more information contact us:
(734) 232-1196