Train in a private, safe, and positive environment with Professional Coaching
Exercise is the best prescription for maintaining independence.
Yes, you can strength train. And while strength training may not erase wrinkles or prevent gray hair, it can help us experience a significantly improved quality of life.
The worst advice an older person can ever get is: “Take it easy.” “Taking it easy” doesn’t help us walk up stairs, carry groceries, tend our gardens, shovel snow, or do the activities we love to do. In fact, taking it easy can make everything we do in the course of a day harder.
This is where strength training comes in.
Whether you are 55 and recently retired or 85 and hoping to maintain independence, we can help you get stronger.
Yes, You CAN!
You may not think that weight training is right for you. Maybe you are worried about getting hurt. Maybe you have some limitations from past injuries that prevent you from training and getting stronger.
This is not the case. Yes, You Can Train!
On day one, some of our members are unable to get up from a chair. Others are unable to walk confidently without a cane or a walker. Whether you’re fit and healthy or struggling to perform day-to-day tasks, your Coach will determine what you can safely do on day one. And then you’ll do a little more next time you train. And then a little more the next session. You will accumulate strength each time you visit the gym – like a 401k for your health.
All of our older lifters progress with our carefully planned system of progressive overload. You will build bone density, balance, metabolic function, resiliency, lean tissue, and overall strength. You will get stronger, and you will experience a better quality of life, guaranteed.
Our Focus: Health, Longevity, Capability
Safety and Efficiency
One of the biggest concerns for our older lifters is safety in the gym. All of our staff possess a minimum of a Master's degree and years of experience training 100's of individuals. Safety is our number one priority. We teach safe technique and exercise methods to everyone.
Healthy and Strong
Almost all participants have never adhered to a training program for more than a few months. Even if they have exercise before, they haven't gone through an efficient, and professionally designed training program. Our staff are experts in exercise science and design highly effective, gradual, and safe programs for participants.
Freedom and Independence.
Our staff is not "old school". The atmosphere is up to date with trends in strength training, sport & exercise psychology. We pride ourselves on being principles based. It is positive, inclusive, accepting and very encouraging.
The Strength Prescription
Some of the greatest challenges that face us as we age are the loss of physical strength and all its associated problems:
Sarcopenia literally means "lack of flesh." It's a condition of age-associated muscle degeneration that becomes more common in people over the age of 50. After middle age, adults lose 3% of their muscle strength every year, on average. This decrease in muscle leads to a reduction in a person's strength. As a result, their balance and gait are also affected. Age-related muscle loss, called sarcopenia, is a natural part of aging. After age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% per decade. Most men will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their lifetimes.
Bone fractures, particularly in the spine or hip, are the most serious complications of osteoporosis. Hip fractures often are caused by a fall and can result in disability and even an increased risk of death within the first year after the injury. In some cases, spinal fractures can occur even if you haven't fallen. The bones that make up your spine (vertebrae) can weaken to the point of crumpling, which can result in back pain, lost height and a hunched forward posture.
Osteoperosis and Bone Density
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine. Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the loss of old bone.
Diabetes and Heart Disease from Sedentary Lifestyle
Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues in American history, and it’s only affecting more people as the population grows. As of 2015, the Center for Disease Control says more than 30 million Americans have some form of diabetes. That number makes up just under 10 percent of the entire American population.
Around 25 percent of those 65 and older have diabetes, the CDC says, meaning about 12 million seniors have the condition.
Balance and Coordination
As we age, our balance declines — if it isn't practiced — and can cause falls. Every year more than one in three people age 65 years or older fall, and the risk increases with age. Gait and balance disorders are common in older adults and are a major cause of falls in this population. They are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as reduced level of function.
Loss of Physical Independence
What do we mean by a loss of independence? At its core, losing independence means that you start to have trouble managing your day to day life. You begin to lose control over physical, emotional or social parts of your life.
Our staff is made up of professionals with Bachelor's and Master's under the kinesiology and strength and conditioning umbrella, holding the most difficult to obtain strength coaching certifications (Starting Strength Coach) in the industry. To our knowledge, there is no other facility like ours within the Magic Valley area.
Our staff will make sure you will feel safe, you will be guided appropriately for your level of ability and function, and you will feel comfortable along the way.