We have been participating in Steady for Life since its origination. We have received great guidance by our instructors who are trained, experienced and are fun-makers! Our social life is enhanced by interacting with the friends we’ve made in our classes. Besides our Balance Classes, we enjoy all the other activities available through Steady for Life, also. With 9 locations, there is a class for almost everyone. We are 86 and 87 years old and know that Steady for Life is helping keep us independent, able to drive, shop, attend church, classes and anything else we want to do. We recommend that you get involved, too!
— Paul & Elizabeth
Earlier this year, our student, Roz Fellwock set a 5K state record for age 88, at the fundraiser race put on by The Care Center of New Hope (We Run because We Care). In October she walked the CASA of Madison County 5K just 2 days before her 89th birthday and then after her birthday, walked the Kids to Love 5K and set the age 89 state record with even a better time than her age 88 record time.
In post-race conversation with a group of admirers at the latter race about her training regimen, she credited her twice-a-week Steady for Life classes with her success. Her Steady for Life instructor, Amy Farnsworth had this to say, “Roz is an inspiration to us all. She works so hard and makes us all happy to be around her constant cheerfulness. We love her and are very proud of her!”
At the age of 84, I hear many comments from friends who have taken part in various programs, both exercise and Physical Therapy. Some tell me their programs are identical (routine) day in and day out; however, Steady for Life continues to mix it up by providing different, up-to-date and challenging programs! I give the entire Steady for Life staff much credit. You have done good!
I have no intention of ever giving up your program for Seniors!
I joined Steady for Life in the Fall of 2014, starting in an Advanced Balance Class. In a few months, in recognition that several members of the class were ready for more vigorous activity, a next-level class was formed called Rev It Up. But no matter the level of class one takes, balance techniques, flexibility, and fallprevention skills are core objectives of all Steady for Life classes.
I can attest to the benefits of the program as measured by my running and trail climbing performances. It was about the time I enrolled in 2014 that I decided to attempt the Liz Hurley 5K Ribbon Run, and to my surprise I set a new 5K state record for age 81. Inspired by that, I continued racing throughout the year (improving on my first record), and in the Ribbon Run at age 82, my time was 4 minutes faster than the previous year (again a state record). Additional evidence of the fitness benefits was that I shaved 2 to 4 minutes off my up-trail time and 4 to 6 minutes off my down-trail time on a favorite mountain path in Colorado, after less than a year in Steady for Life. I attribute these improvements to the Steady for Life workouts from 2 to 4 times per week during that intervening year.
Beyond the body strengthening benefits, there is another important and enjoyable dimension to the Steady for Life program - the social aspect. We enjoy traveling together as a Steady for Life group, dining, attending events locally and out of town, health seminars, screening & much more. We look forward to seeing each other in class week after week, encouraging each other, sharing experiences, and laughing together as we attempt moves and motions that are new to us. We have a variety of super instructors, all of whom are trained professionals with wide ranging experience, certifications, and training in physical fitness. We are learning from them the actual names of muscle groups being worked, so what we knew as arms and legs, for example, we now know as biceps and triceps, hamstrings and quads, etc. So not only our bodies, but also our minds are being exercised, and we love it!
I am just amazed every day of all the things that our instructor, Karla brings to our class! She laughs a lot with us and keeps us moving, with some new methods regularly. We are so lucky to have her for our instructor.
— Mildred, Mt. Zion class