Geri-Fit-pg-23-bottomStaying fit is important at any age, but when you are out of practice, getting back into an exercise regime can be intimidating – especially for seniors. Keeping it simple and fun can help, which is the concept behind Geri-Fit®, an evidence-based strength training program for older adults which is now offered in Palm Desert.

Geri-Fit participants include 100 year old Mary Araki (top, right).

Geri-Fit participants include 100 year old Mary Araki (top, right).

Geri-Fit® is similar to bodybuilding and done in a group setting. Participants start out using a set of 2-pound dumbbells moving up in weight as their strength increases. Most of the exercises are performed seated in chairs but participants have the option to stand, if preferred. There is no choreography, dancing, aerobics, or floor work, so those lacking coordination will enjoy this different kind of workout which is fun yet challenging. Any senior age and fitness level can enroll, but the program especially accommodates those that want to get strong again or are mobility disadvantaged and have a difficult time getting out of a chair, deep seated couch, or car.

Based in Temecula, the Geri-Fit Company has offered its senior fitness programs since 1994 and currently operates classes at 42 locations throughout the U.S. via licensing to senior centers, country clubs, health clubs, and retirement communities. Classes are led by certified instructors, and the program is now offered at Fit & Flex by Angi in Palm Desert on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-12:45 pm. Those interested in attending should bring their own set of dumbbells, a stretch band, and water to drink during the workout. Class size is limited and advance registration is required; course fees are $80 for eight classes.

The Joslyn Center will be hosting a free Geri-Fit® Osteoporosis Workshop on Wednesday, January 6, at 3:00-3:45 pm, and the public is invited to attend. Participants are encouraged to sit, watch, learn and take notes. Handouts of the exercises will be given out. Advance registration is required due to limited seating. To pre-register, call the Joslyn Center at (760) 340.3220.

Fit & Flex by Angi is located at 72990 El Paseo Drive, Suite 2. For more information contact Geri-Fit® certified instructor Jane Snyder (310) 729.1112 or visit

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