About Me

Doug Schrift is a Physical Therapist, Certified Geriatric Specialist, senior fitness coach and the creator of Eldergym® Senior Fitness. Doug helps seniors become strong and stable even if they have never exercised before.

Through his website, www.eldergym.com, Doug encourages seniors to take genuine steps toward better health, improved mobility, and increased function. Here is what Eldergym visitors say.

This includes helping seniors discover the revitalizing power of exercise; inspiring them to feel more vital, energized, and ready for their day; helping them to get rid of those negative thoughts about their age, health conditions or physical body; teaching them how to achieve real and objective goals with activities that they enjoy doing.

Doug has advanced certification as a Geriatric Specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He continues to be active as a Physical Therapist, working with seniors and the elderly. He also has a special interest in balance disorders.

Your Life Choices Magazine placed eldergym.com in the top 10 fitness websites saying, “This site is tailored for the seniors’ age group and gives some great advice for what fitness activities you should be focusing on in your age category.” Doug is truly a leader in senior fitness and continues to create new programs and videos to help older adults.

Peter SchriftHis interest and passion for older adults started early. After college, Doug became the family genealogist, interviewing family elders, collecting stories and pictures, and maintaining the family database. He traveled from Pennsylvania to Rio de Janeiro, searching for long lost relatives. Fortunately, many older family members were able to be found, along with their wonderful and fascinating stories of times gone by.

From there, his interest grew into teaching fitness classes to seniors and the elderly. “I often learn as much from my older clients as I do from all the text books. I’ve learned that inactivity is usually the most important reason why seniors decline in their ability to function day to day. They must stay active, and that is how I can help them”

The cornerstone of Doug’s work with older adults is helping them improve in the four well known areas of fitness. These are endurance, flexibility, strength, and balance. To do this, Doug has developed a program combining these areas in Eldergym® 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.

Doug continues to develop new programs for seniors, write articles for internet publications, and speak to groups of seniors on the topics of balance, general fitness, and motivation.

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Chundha says March 27, 2018

Hi Doug,

I will have my left knee replacement in May and the right knee replacement later this year. I enjoyed doing the exercises in your videos and have downloaded the free e-book which is very useful. Could you please advice what workouts I should so pre and post knee replacement surgery. I am 69 years old.
Thanks overy much.

    Coach Doug says July 13, 2018

    Yes, you can find all the exercises for your knee on this page http://eldergym.com/leg-exercises/

Linda Doss Bridgeforth says October 30, 2017

I am 65 female. I have lifted weights for a number of years. I am getting my certification as a personal trainer. I am very interested in working with the senior population and wonder if you could steer me in the right direction for further training and more. Thank You

    Doug Schrift says November 1, 2017

    That’s great. We need to keep those seniors exercising. Most of the major fitness certifying organizations have senior specialties including AFFA, ACE, and IDEA. A good one for functional training is https://functionalaginginstitute.com/

Patrick J. Sorrentino says July 8, 2017

My name is Patrick J. Sorrentino I am a retired civil engineer 83-years-old and I am having difficulty walking. I only walk with baby steps. I trust your exercise program can help me to stretch my muscles and walk normally again.

    Doug Schrift says July 10, 2017

    Try to strengthen your legs first. Leg strength is very important. Then try to take bigger steps as your strength improves. A good way to take larger steps is to place a piece of masking tape on the floor every 16 inches for about 10 feet. Then try to step on each piece of tape. This will train your brain to take longer steps.

Dorota says April 11, 2017

Hi Doug, could you tell me why people with stroke can do stretching exercises only for 2-3 seconds, I read it in the American Senior Fitness Association but can not find any explanation why, would you be so kind and explain it and provide any evidence for it if you can. Thank you.

Phyllis says August 14, 2016

I take care of my friends father who has stage 4 alzheimer’s. What safe exercises can we show him to do to help with strength& balance ? Do you have videos ?

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