Silver Stars Fitness: Over 50 And Want To Increase Balance, Protect From Injury And Gain Functional Strength? Call The Professionals That Specialize In You!


By Jason Greenspan

Silver Stars is the exact opposite of what you find in the large commercial clubs or even your typical fitness studio. When you become a Silver Stars member you get a lot more than a good class or session.

You get our concierge fitness program that creates an experience to help you accomplish your goals. This includes communication with your coach via email, text and the phone to motivate you to help accomplish your goal. All sessions are tracked so you can see your progress and you will receive fit tips and a in –home program.

Although Silver Stars has helped over a thousand New Yorkers in the last six years, I’ve noticed among my travels to the commercial clubs that a good majority of fitness enthusiasts over 50 are still missing key elements that need to be addressed to help increase balance, protect from injury and of course increase overall strength.

The most important aspects that need to be addressed and that are surprisingly still being left out is a balance, core stability and a functional a strength component. Most people are still training like body builders when the majority of us don’t want to be body builders!


Every year one and three adults 65 and older fall at least once. Over the past decade, deaths from falls have risen sharply for this age group, according to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And over 30% of people of over the age of 65 will suffer either a hip, knee, ankle or shoulder injury and over 40% of those that suffer from a hip fracture will die within a year.

See the full Silver Stars class schedule here.

Balance classes are on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Fridays at 11.

HOW TO INCREASE BALANCE: Perform static and dynamic balances along with strengthening the foot, ankle, hips abs and butt muscles. In addition to proper gait mechanics and posture will go a long way.

Most people over the age of 50, has or is currently suffering from low back, knee, hip or shoulder pain. This is partly due to inactivity as the body weakens from disuse. And is also due to overuse or performing the wrong exercises or following an inadequate fitness program. By focusing on core stability before you start o lift weights will help build your “foundation” that will ultimately help prevent injury when you’re ready to start challenging yourself with the weights.


Focus on movements that address the muscles of the hip, buttock abdominals and the spine. YOU WOULD NOT START OFF WITH CRUNCHES! Incorporate planks, bridges, bird dogs, side planks and rotator cuff exercises to help build stability around your shoulder. TESTIMONIAL


After the age of 50, adults typically lose about 1% of their leg strength and 0.5% of their bone density every year. If this doesn’t sound serious, consider that decreased leg strength- not dementia or incontinence- is the biggest predictor of loss of independence among people over the age of 50. And if that’s not enough to swallow- after the age of 30 we lose about a half a pound of muscle tissue per year if we don’t participate in a regular strength training program. This can lead to increased aches and pains and injury and not to mention, not being able to do functional tasks as effectively


Make sure you’re on a regular strength training program twice a week. Increase the challenge of the exercises once it becomes too easy. And make sure you’re performing exercises that make sense to you and not bodybuilders. So the first step would be to get off the machines and perform exercises standing.

We stand in real life to push and pull objects. We sit to stand or squat numerous times throughout the day and we also lunge, climb steps and rotate our body. The movements should simulate real life that requires you to use your core and to balance.

If you are over 50 and are serious about either losing weight, improving your balance, protecting your body from injury, or increasing overall strength, Please call us to set up your free consultation.

New clients get 15% off the initial purchase. Ask about personal training and small group training memberships. In- home services also available for those that like the convenience of training at home.


Silver Stars Fitness
850 7th Avenue, Suite 305
New York, NY 10019

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