is proud to offer a valuable FREE service for older adults and
for senior fitness specialists
across North America millions of older adults are seeking to regain
or maintain physical health, vitality and independence. And, they
are actively seeking qualified professionals to help them
achieve these goals. In recent months numerous articles extolling
the benefits of exercise programs for older adults have appeared in
major publications nationwide including the New York Times,
Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and many more. Many of these
stories have listed the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) as
a source readers can use to locate responsible senior exercise
programs in their area. Each of these listings has generated
hundreds of calls to SFA headquarters from interested older adults
as well as from family members seeking exercise training for their
aging loved ones. All of these callers have one question:
"Where can I find responsible, safe senior exercise programs
operated by qualified fitness professionals in my area?" To
enable us to respond to these requests faster and more completely
SFA is initiating the Mature Fitness Network.
the Mature Fitness Network?
itís a one stop source to find quality senior exercise programs.
The list will include fitness programs available from health
clubs, retirement facilities, social service and civic
organizations, individual practitioners working on a contract
basis and more. This information will be categorized by region and
posted on the internet. When seniors who donít have internet
access call SFA seeking a local exercise program, we will mail
them a listing for their area.
older adult fitness specialists
itís an excellent way to announce your exercise services to the
public. SFAís Mature Fitness Network serves as a cost-free
referral service for you by informing potential new clients about
your exercise program.
How do I
list your older adult fitness program or facility,
please e-mail your information to SFA at firstname.lastname@example.org. For fax or mail submissions please see the contact information
shown on below. To be included, fitness programs must
safely and conveniently accommodate older adult participants and
be operated by qualified fitness professionals. Please limit copy
to approximately 50 words (400 characters maximum). Additional
notes on submitting your information and sample listings are shown
Is there a
fee for listing my exercise program on the network?
The Mature Fitness Network is a free public service of the American
Senior Fitness Association to help provide older adults with the
resources they need to maintain and/or improve their personal
fitness, to promote the senior fitness industry, and to help
dedicated senior fitness specialists serving this growing segment of
the population. Neither the organization listing the service or the
individual accessing the list will be charged a fee.
types of responsible older adult exercise programs be included on the
Mature Fitness Network resource list?
Senior exercise programs offered at large fitness facilities,
community centers, health clubs, churches, retirement communities,
park and recreation departments, colleges and universities, even
programs offered in the client's home are all eligible for listing.
The Mature Fitness Network invites corporations, non-profit and
government organizations, individual contractors, everyone who
offers a responsible older adult fitness program run by qualified
fitness professionals to submit a listing of their services.
I have to be certified by or be a member of the American Senior
Fitness Association to take part?
Although the association believes that SFA certified professionals
have attained the highest standard of training in the senior fitness
industry, our intention is to provide older adults with access to
information about all of the quality senior fitness programming
options available to them. Programs conducted by SFA-trained leaders
are distinguished in the listing by a gold asterisk (w).
your senior fitness program, the senior fitness industry, and the
older adult population have a great deal to gain by becoming
involved with the Mature Fitness Network. List your service today.
listing your exercise program ...
include the following information with your listing: program contact
name and information (include e-mail address if available), as well
as the professional qualifications of the program coordinator(s) or
leader(s) including certification(s), degree, etc. Also include your
service region. For example: "Orlando, FL metropolitan
area." This information does not need to be included in the
listing itself. It will be used to help SFA verify the
appropriateness of your listing and to contact you if questions
arise. If you have questions about the eligibility of your program,
call SFA at (386) 423-6634.
help SFA expedite this service, please send your information via
e-mail or on disc if possible. SFA cannot be held responsible for
errors that may occur during transfer of electronic information or
while inputting information from hard copy sources. If errors do
appear in your listing, please contact SFA and they will be
corrected as soon as possible. You are responsible for the accuracy
of your listing and a notice stating this fact will be posted on the
site. Finally, please keep your listing current as SFA will
periodically purge listings that appear obsolete or inaccurate.
NOTE: SFA reserves the right to exclude any listing that it, as sole
judge, deems inappropriate, objectionable or misleading.
Mid-Atlantic, Washington D.C. area
Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Phone: 301-987-6002, is
a 1500 resident Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in
suburban Maryland serving
adults over 60. The one year old James F. Rosborough Cultural Arts
& Wellness Center was specifically built for and is based upon the six
components of wellness - Fitness & Nutrition, Spiritual &
Ethical, Emotional, Occupational & Vocational, Intellectual,
and Social. Fitness Center Director and Wellness Manager, Jerry
Hart, BS. MS/PhD Candidate in Nutrition is in charge of the
Wellness, Fitness, Aquatics and Control Desk
Mr. Hart serves as the Senior Fitness Association's
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator. He will conduct SFA
Proctored Certification tests, seminars and workshops at AMV.
features certified personal trainers under the director of founder
and president Mike Mercurio. The facility provides one-on-one
personal fitness training in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan
area both in your home or office or at their personal training
studio in Herndon, Virginia. Phone: (703) 481-2323. Web Site:
an Erickson Retirement Community, has a state-of-the-art Fitness
Center and Aquatic Center. RWV is located in Silver Spring MD, is
staffed by certified, experienced fitness professionals. Scheduled
classes include a variety of group exercise classes (chair,
stretching, walking), personal training, yoga, T'ai Chi, aqua-cise
and more. For more information please call Brad Andrus, Wellness
Manager (301) 572_8333.
Certified Senior Fitness
Instructor, Cheryl Bartholomew, provides group exercise programs
on a contract basis to Assisted & Independent Living
Retirement Communities. The former teacher (23 years) is available
as a consultant for planning and implementing fitness programs and
as a speaker on fitness topics through her series of Wellness
Lectures. Phone: (703) 281-1560, E-mail; FitSeniors@mail.com
Washington House Fitness Center,
a "Fitness Center for Seniors" located in Alexandria VA
is staffed by certified, experienced fitness professionals. The
facility features Keiser air-compressed fitness equipment and
scheduled classes including Seniorcise, Balance Training, Group
Strength Training, Chair Aerobics, Tai Chi, Yoga and more. For
information please call (703) 845_2961. Web site: www.washingtonhouse.com/fitness.htm
serving the Northern Virginia area, provides one-on-one personal
training as well as group exercise classes to the senior
community. Stacey Fallon, founder, and an SFA certified trainer,
brings unique experience to the field with over 15 years
experience in the fitness industry combined with 17 years as a
geriatric social worker. For more information, call (703)
Senior Fitness Association certified Senior Personal Trainer and
Senior Fitness Instructor specializes in exercise programs for
mature adults and Parkinsonians. I am currently able to work
with a limited number of mature adults in the
Rockville/Gaithersburg, Maryland area.
at home, one-onĖone exercise programs for older adults.
and chair exercise programs also available.
contact Robert Seymour by e-mail at: email@example.com.
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