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We believe that successful aging as we grow older comes from maintaining our physical health, cognitive abilities, and strong social relationships.
Our misssion is to empower seniors, even if they have never exercised before, to become strong and stable in order to make their daily lives as fulfilled and successful as possible.
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Let's all get to know each other a little better...
Senior Fitness Coach
Hi. I'm Doug Schrift - Physical Therapist, and Senior Fitness Coach. I help seniors become strong and stable even if they have never exercised before.
I created eldergym.com over a decade ago and have had thousands of visitors over the years. Take a look around the site. You will find lots of free exercises, helpful blogs and podcasts.
3 Fun Facts
You didn't know about me
I Ride My Bike to Work
I get an extra cardio workout going to work.
I love Barbershop Singing
I enjoy the "Old Timey" Music of days gone by. Down by the old mill stream!
I Run backwards twice a week
Running backwards not only keeps my legs strong but improves my balance
Values & approach
Exercise is the Key
In seniors, exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, strengthen social ties, and improve cognitive function.
If you weren't physically active before, start slowly. Even 5 minutes of physical activity has health benefits, and you can build up to more over time!
As seniors get older, their risk of isolation increases. It’s especially important for seniors (and their loved ones) to be proactive about staying engaged throughout the day.
“I'm in better shape today than...maybe 50 years"
Jim Bransdorf - Academy Member
How We can help
Join Eldergym Academy
In-depth courses & training
Access our extensive course library, workouts, classes, attend our monthly Live Q&A calls.
Personal motivation and help
I'm with you everyday in the community for assistance, guidance, and support.
Active, Supportive Community
Feedback and support from fellow seniors and experts who will keep you on track.
Watch our Academy Tour Below
I am getting very weak, especially in the legs. What can I do?
This is one of the biggest challenges for seniors. Strong legs will help you stay independent and reduce your risk of falls. Sign up for my free 4 week senior fitness program here.https://eldergym.com/ebook/
Do you sell any DVDs?
Thanks for remembering. I don't sell DVDs anymore, but have all my old programs at https://eldergymacademy.com/
Can you come speak to our organization?
I currently only have time to speak in the immediate Phoenix area to senior communities and senior centers.
What is the Academy?
The Academy is a private members only website which contains courses, workshops, workouts, live presentations, resources, all in video format for seniors to build strength and stability, reduce the risk of falls, and improve balance. Find out more here
Do you have any free stuff on this site?
Yes, you can view almost 100 videos on exercise, covering all major muscle groups. https://eldergym.com/exercises/
Do you have a fall prevention program?
Fall prevention involves balance training, medication management, and home environmental evaluation. This website can help you with strengthening to improve your balance.