It’s funny how language evolves sometimes. For example, when we were in school, our gym teacher might’ve taught us about exercises for our stomach muscles.

Then, when we were adults, we started hearing about our abdominals.

And now we’re told that abs are just one part of something more important: the core.

After all these years, maybe we need a short lesson about all this.

What’s your core, anyway? And why is it so important to people after age 50 who want to be healthy, strong and independent?

The core is the center of all our movements. It includes our abdominal muscles as well as other midsection muscles like the obliques, lower back, hips and pelvis. The core keeps us stable and erect, lets us rotate from side to side, and improves performance of daily activities – like climbing stairs and carrying groceries – as well as sports – from golf to swimming and beyond.

Having a strong core alleviates lower back pain, improves posture and mobility, and helps prevent falls.

You can keep a strong core through exercises at home or in a fitness facility. You don’t have to do sit-ups or crunches – in fact, many trainers recommend against them, anyway. Common core work includes planks, squats, seated side bends, as well as Pilates and yoga moves.

In other words, everyone can – and should – do core work of some kind, regardless of age, level of fitness, or physical limitation.

We are happy to show you what’s best for you, so please, come see us today.

Your core will thank you.


If you’re close to retirement age or already there, you’re probably planning a lot of trips. For some, that might mean driving to play with the grandkids, flying to New York to see a play, or relaxing on a beach. But for a growing number of people over 50, 60 and 70, it means light adventure trips – where you participate in exciting physical activities that can be challenging but don’t reach the extreme level of, say, helicopter skiing or climbing Mount Everest. Countless mature adults are exploring ideas like these:

  • Kayak tours, diving, and white-water rafting.

  • Safari trips to Africa or even more exotic locations.

  • Cycling on multi-day journeys.

  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Southeast United States; the Camino de Santiago in Spain; or exploring along the Great Wall of China.

  • Snow skiing and snowboarding.

Statistics show Baby Boomers make about five pleasure trips a year and spend more money than other age groups on leisure travel. For many, it’s time to attack their bucket list of destinations. Come share your travel plans with us and we’ll make sure you’re ready to have the time of your life. Particularly after 50, we’ve got to stay fit so we’re ready for the opportunities of this kind of travel. We’re here to build your strength, particularly in your legs, core and back; develop your stamina; and keep you limber. You’ll need all of that for visiting those grandkids even more!


Here’s a common scenario for people over 50.

They’ve gradually gained weight over the last couple of decades, and now they’re obese or getting there.

Somewhere over the years, they stopped participating in hobbies and sports. If they ever were a regular gym-goer or runner, that slipped away at some point, too.

Now they have aches and pains, difficulty sleeping, and doctors always urging them to exercise.

Does this sound like you? But you’re just not ready to do anything about it yet?

Maybe you just haven’t reached your turning point. It’s when you make a decisive change at a critical juncture to resolve a crisis.

It’s when you say, “Enough!”

It’s when you finally change your life.

Many of Us Need a Moment of Crisis

In talking to countless people over 50 who want to get fit or who have adopted a healthy lifestyle, it’s common to hear them discuss their turning point as a dramatic moment of clarity – a realization that something serious was at risk.

Consider these real-life examples of people who have been there, all in their 50s, 60, 70s or above:

  • Nate was in his 50s, eating on the go, traveling, and working too hard to notice his declining health. Then a chest pain sent him to the ER. “They kept me in there for two weeks.” Nate turned his life around, started eating right and exercising, and fell in love. Now in his 60s, Nate loves his life.

  • Tony ruined his daughter’s birthday party before realizing he needed treatment for drug and alcohol abuse – and getting fit and healthy in sobriety. “I like my life now. I’m in the best shape of my life.”

  • Alan’s doctor told him he had diabetes – and ordered him to start working out at a fitness studio right away. With the combination of exercise and eating right, Alan got the disease under control.

  • Gina slowly got up to 340 pounds at 5 feet 10 inches tall. She developed arthritis and joint pain and felt terrible about herself. Finally, when she retired, Gina seized the moment, enrolled at a gym, and got her health under control. “I feel so good. My whole life has changed.”

  • Amanda developed painful arthritis that threatened cherished time in her garden. After joining a fitness studio for small group training, Amanda was feeling flexible and strong again in no time.

  • Rosalinda was on a family vacation and heartbroken to stay back at the condo rather than join group hikes. She went home, hired a trainer, and now regularly participates in community races. “I’ve never felt this alive. It just takes the faith to make that first step.”

How to Resolve the Crisis

Rosalinda’s right. We’re here to help you make that first step – and to keep you on track through your fitness journey.

Don’t wait till you get scary news from your doctor.

You know the benefits of exercise – how it’s good for your heart health as well as your mental health. How it lowers the risk of falling and lowers the risk of dementia. How it lets you feel better, look better, and move better.

Let that be your turning point. Take that first step. Call us today at 916-304-5482 or email us at