Functional Aging Specialist

FAI: Functional Aging Specialist

We are excited to announce that, Rosa Coletto, owner and founder of Full Circle Fitness is now certified as a Functional Aging Specialist!

As a trainer I am always looking to increase my knowledge in the ever evolving fitness industry. Last year I discovered a certification for a Functional Aging Specialist that is specifically geared towards aging adults. Since many of our clients fall in the baby boomer age range I decided that I needed to educate myself on this growing population and how I could make their fitness programs even more effective.

After doing research on the Functional Aging Institute founders and their respective backgrounds I fell in love their philosophy and comprehensive program focused on the over 50 population. Just like the quote on the studio wall by C.S. Lewis says, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” The creators of the Functional Aging Institute embrace this and more when it comes to creating exercise programs for this group of individuals.

For many years the fitness industry has been focused on exercise for the younger crowd, 20 to 40 year olds. The aging population, basically anyone over 55, was seen as frail, treated with kid gloves so we didn’t hurt them, and most “senior” classes and certifications entailed chairs, gentle classes and water aerobics. Well, it’s 2016 and things have changed! Our aging population is capable of so much more! They are are diverse group of people that are living longer, are much more active than their parents generation, and want to be strong so they can enjoy life, travel, play with grand kids, and stay independent as they age.

As much as we don’t want to admit it…..with age, comes unique processes in the body. This training model takes into account those processes and then takes a radically different approach to exercise than any other fitness program has in the past. The methods are based around the latest science and research and integrate multiple components of function (e.g. balance, power, proprioception, core stability, etc). The philosophies, strategies, and techniques are specifically targeted towards the 55-75 population, however this training model has been shown to be effective for people in their 30’s, 40’s and even 80’s and 90’s.

So what does all this mean for you?

Currently, we already train with functional movement, however now we will be adding some new techniques to your programs. We will start focusing even more on power, body control, balance and core stability with a variety of exercises. We pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of the fitness industry and will continue to do so.  I will be sharing this great educational material with all of our trainers, so that we can all learn and step up our game to effectively improve the lives of each member. My goal is to be the premier fitness center for baby boomers in the community and with a great team of trainers we will help people get, stay and be strong as they age!

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