Just for Fun

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Year 2012 marks the twenty year anniversary of the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA)! Recently our editors took a stroll down memory lane, back to the year 1997 when Dr. Knopf was interviewed for an article in an SFA periodical called The Senior Fitness Bulletin. Below are a few highlights from the piece:

"Karl Knopf earned an A.A. degree in recreation and physical education from De Anza College in Cupertino, California, in 1972. Two years later he completed his B.A. degree in physical education and sociology from San Diego State University. In 1978, he received a master’s degree in human performance and adapted physical education from San Jose University. In 1981, he earned his Ed.D. degree in post-secondary education from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"Dr. Knopf is a former college wrestler and triathlete. In fact, to celebrate his thirtieth birthday, he ran 30 miles. Unfortunately, he subsequently hurt his back while lifting a patient out of a wheelchair. Now he exercises daily by swimming and using a recumbent bicycle."

The 1997 article goes on to quote Dr. Knopf discussing that injury: "I learned from this experience what it is like to live with daily pain. I think this makes me a better teacher because I feel worse than most of my students." With a touch of humor, he continued: "I also know that if I don’t exercise I’ll feel even worse!"

Indeed, Dr. Knopf never let his back injury slow him down very much. He has always remained active both physically and intellectually. Regarding his work with older adult fitness participants, he said: "My philosophy is that I like for people to set themselves up to win. After the first three times, I don’t want them to feel like they’ve exercised. It has to be fun!"

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