Silver Stars Fitness: Keys to Improve Balance and Decrease the Risk for a Fall. Circuit Classes Offered Throughout the Week and New Balance & Fall Prevention Class


Jason Greenspan, director of Silver Stars Fitness.

By Jason Greenspan

Do you fear falling? Falling has become an epidemic, as every 18 seconds an older adult will fall. Over 30% of men and women over the age of 65 will fall and suffer from a broken hip, knee, wrist, or shoulder. Research has shown that 40% of people who break their hips die within the year.

So what can we do? The first step is get to the doctor’s office and see if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis. The reason why it is important is because bones are not meant to break, but if you have weak bones to begin with, then you’re more prone to breaking a bone in the event of a fall.

The next step would be to check for visual, inner ear issues and to make sure you can feel the ground. If you have a nerve issue it may be hard to feel the ground which makes you more prone to falling.

Also, orthopedic issues to the knee, hip ankle, foot or back can contribute to instability. When there is a problem with one of your joints there tends to be a disconnect or slower signal from the brain to the rest of the body, which makes you more prone to a loss of a balance and compensation.

Tip to increase stability:

1. Make sure your exercise program incorporates many aspects of fitness that will help increase balance, such as working on dynamic and static balances, strengthening of the foot, ankle, hips, buttock abdominals and low back. Also, flexibility is important as it will help you to walk with longer strides and help you pick up your feet.  Awareness of good posture when walking is important to avoid a fall. Reaction time or your ability to recover from a fall is another aspect that should be addressed. At Silver Stars, we show you how to fall, how to get up from the floor, and how to scoot and crawl if you’re on the floor and can’t get up.

Incorporating many aspects of fitness will help you increase your confidence. This is important because when you walk without confidence you end up taking small strides when walking and tighten muscles to protect from a fall, but instead of protecting yourself, you’re actually setting yourself for a fall.

So, if increased stability is the goal, make sure you focus on all the key elements noted above.

Our private training sessions and small group classes will help to improve your stability and strength.

Class Schedule:

30 Minute Circuit Total Body Strength: Four person maximum. ALL CLASSES ARE 5 WEEKS/SESSIONS. DROP-IN ALLOWED IF THERE IS ROOM IN THE CLASS OF INTEREST. $175 PER 5 WEEKS OR $40 DROP-IN. Balance & Fall Prevention class is 45 minutes. Four person maximum. $200.00 per five weeks/session or $45 drop-in.

Tuesday @ 12- one spot left
Wednesday @10:30- class forming
Friday @12:30 one spot left
Saturday @1245 @ West 72nd- CLASS IS FORMING.

BALANCE & FALL PREVENTION IS OFFERED ON MONDAYS @ 12:30. This class will start Monday, November 13th. Space is limited so contact us now to reserve your spot.

All instructors are certified and experienced and are specifically trained to work with the baby boomer & beyond client. At Silver Stars, there is no membership fee or hustle and bustle, just a lot of passion and knowledge to share with our clients. If you’re serious about improving your stability or just want to increase your overall fitness, contact us to set up your free comprehensive consultation and experience a higher level of knowledge and caring we show to all of our clients.

Silver Stars Fitness main location
850 7th Avenue (West 54/55 st)
PH: 646-573-9724

Affiliate Location
West 72nd Street (Between West End and Riverside Drive)
No walk-ins – hours available to train: Wed/Friday after 4pm. Weekends- 9-7 pm

Jason Greenspan is the director at Silver Stars Fitness. He is the published author of the award-winning book Fitness For Real Life and The Amazing Water Bottle Workout. Jason has over 20 years experience working with men and woen over the age of 50 and is certified by The National Academy  of Sports Medicine and The American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer, Older Adult Fitness Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Orthopedic Exercise Specialist. He has been seen on CBS with Dr Max Gomez discussing fall prevention, NY 1 and has been featured in Shape Magazine, Men’s Fitness, The New York Post and Washington Post and the Epoch Times. Jason is also a fitness presenter and has lectured at many fitness events including the Navel Expo and ECA World Fitness conference.

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