Ready to get stronger
Exercising in the comfort of your home
"Strong and Stable"
I help seniors become strong and stable even if they have never exercised before.
-Doug Schrift PT "Your senior coach"
The Academy is an Online Senior Fitness Community, helping you build strength, improve balance, and increase stability. Finally get the guidance and help you need to start an exercise program that will improve your strength and stability.
Stop Me If Any Of This Sounds Familiar...
You want to start exercising but..
You want to begin an exercise program, but don't know where to start and how to turn your excitement to get started into an actionable plan...
Don't know where to start
You've spent countless hours searching for an exercise program, and you're sick of the frustration of not knowing what to do or what program to follow.
How do I exercise at home?
You've started an exercise program at home, but it's not going as well as you'd like, and you're out of ideas for how to stay motivated.
What exercise should I do?
You’re struggling to stay on top of the seemingly endless types of exercises you need to handle, and you’re not enjoying your exercising at all.
"You've got me back to exercising"
"I feel I’ve really improved and really haven’t felt pain in my knees (arthritis and have had two replacements) and my hips which were the main reason I was reluctant to do the exercising I’ve done almost automatically all my life. You’ve got me back to exercising!!! Thanks."
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Here's EVERYTHING you're about
to get as soon as you sign up...
Follow along with our step by step roadmap to take the worry out of how to start exercising.
150 + Video Workouts
Access to our Library of over 150 workout videos. All fitness levels, Level 1 beginner, Level 2 intermediate and Level 3 advanced.
Easy follow calendar
All workouts are available in either a course or calendar view so you can get right to work on your strength and balance.
Weekly instructional short videos to quickly get you to your fitness goals
And many more...
weekly live stream
Join us each week live to discuss and problem solve your fitness questions.
You will be part of our amazing private senior community area.
"I just had to let you know"
"I just had to let you know how much I enjoy your website and videos of exercises to help Balance, and Strength. I am using your videos along with some other exercises to get myself back into shape. Thanks for your information and videos."
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Great variety of workouts for all your fitness goals
Take a look at some of our videos
4 Week Beginner Program
4 Week Intermed Program
4 Week Advanced Program
Weekly Live Stream
Beginner Yoga Program
Quick Win Video Series
Pilates and Tai Chi
Chair Exercise program
...and a lot more!
What Others Are Saying:
Perry - Academy Member
Exercise has been something I do daily. I love it! I joined the Academy to have more structure in working out. I am enjoying learning more about the Academy and I enjoy the variety of the workouts. Getting stronger and working on balance and posture is important to me. I would recommend the Academy to seniors.
Mary - Academy Member
I am delighted to have discovered your website, and to now be enrolled in your Academy. Your clips are easy to follow at an easy pace, very encouraging, and absolutely inspiring to get going and keep going. Your warm and friendly instruction, dialogue and smiles really make a helpful difference. Thank you!
Patricia - Academy Member
After retiring from the workforce I went from being very active to being a lot less active - the pounds added on and I was losing my strength. Eldergym Academy has made such a positive difference in my life and I know it will do the same for any senior who wants to kick the stuffing out of their ‘golden years’ ahead.
"...exactly what I have been searching for"
I have done the introductory work with Eldergym in the past. But couldn't maintain my motivation. However, the exercises were the best. I've tried a lot of online sites. The new Eldergym Academy is exactly what I have been searching for. I've just started, but feel better already. This is perfect! There's personal involvement with the community and with Doug, it is meant for people like me, there is a carefully designed path to follow, and, again, the actual exercise is creative and leaves me feeling very good.
I would definitely recommend the academy to other seniors.
Freda Brown 80 years young- Academy Member
Doug Schrift PT
Creator of Eldergym® Academy
Meet your coach
Hi, I'm Doug Schrift - otherwise known as "Your Senior Fitness Coach" - and I’ve spent years guiding the growth of thousands of seniors as a Physical Therapist, with strengthening, balance training, stroke rehab, cardiac rehab and more.
I decided to take all of that knowledge and experience and use it to help seniors just like you to achieve success with improved fitness, balance, and strength, and so Eldergym® Academy was created. This is now my passion and I seriously love spending my days creating content and supporting my members.
Eldergym® Academy Instructor
Meet Instructor Lee
Hi, I’m Lee Milne, Senior Exercise Specialist. I’ve been teaching group fitness classes since 1984–the days of leg warmers and big hair! I am a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and a certified Group Fitness and Pilates mat instructor. The highlight of my career was working with cancer survivors through the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. I have “retired” from a program director role and now focus on fitness programming for active aging. I am thrilled to be part of the Eldergym Academy. Let’s move!
Eldergym® Academy Instructor
Meet Instructor Audrey
Audrey is a Certified Yoga Instructor, dancer, costume designer, mother, and Coach Doug's better half.
"I could do it..."
"Doug makes the workouts fun! He is truly a master at functional fitness which is what we need as older adults. Getting involved in the workouts makes you feel YOUNG and VIBRANT again because I could do it!!!."
Not Sure If Eldergym® Academy Is Right For You?
It might seem strange, trying to talk you OUT of becoming a member - but truly if the Academy is not the right fit then neither of us benefit. I have a vested interest in your success (you won’t stick around long if we’re not helping, right?) - and that all starts by making sure the Academy is right for you before you join.
Doug Schrift PT- Eldergym® Academy
"clear and easy to follow"
"You are a Blessing for me!!! I am feeling so much better with the exercises you have shared. Your directions are clear and easy to follow, and your voice soothing. Thank you!!."
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"the kind I was searching for"
"Thanks, Doug, for your exercises for old folks. I will soon be in my 89th year and know that I need exercising. Yours are the kind I was searching for and I thank you for them. I’ve already helped my difficulty in getting out of a chair easily. Again, my deep thanks."
100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
When you join Eldergym® Academy you are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't feel like you've received value and you decide you want to cancel any time within the next 30 days, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund. No hassles, headaches or hoops to jump through.
"did not fall"
" I am 81 years old and this morning I tripped over a flower pot on the ground but because I have being doing balance and strength exercises with you on eldergym videos I was able to recover my balance and did not fall. Thank you Doug."
In Case you're wondering...
What is the Academy?
The Academy is a private members only website which contains courses, workshops, workouts, live presentations, resources, all in video format for seniors to build strength and stability, reduce the risk of falls, and improve balance.
How do I join the Academy?
It is easy to join the Academy. Click the Join now button above, fill out the checkout and payment information, and you are in!
How much is it to join the Academy?
The Academy membership rate is currently $20 per month. Once you join your membership fee will never change unless you cancel and rejoin at a later time. It is an amazing deal considering all the content you receive in addition to professional guidance.
Why is there a Monthly fee for the Academy?
The Academy is a private, members only area, and can only be accessed by signing up for a paid membership.
How do I pay for the Academy?
The Academy is a monthly subscription service. The fee is automatically withdrawn every month at the same time corresponding to your start date, from the credit card account entered in the signup process. And yes, you can pause or cancel instantly yourself, on your account page with 2 clicks.
Can I pay by check?
Yes, but only for the yearly membership, which is discounted from the monthly membership. Click here to sign up for annual membership.
Will I need a computer?
Yes, the Academy is entirely online. A laptop is best because it is portable and can move room to room or even hook up to your TV with an HDMI cable so you can watch on your TV. You can also use a tablet or desktop, even your phone.
Is the Academy only online?
Yes. The Academy is all online and can be viewed on any device that has internet access.
What browser should I use?
An internet browser, also known as a web browser or simply a browser, is a software program that you use to view web pages on your computer. The purpose of a web browser is to fetch information resources and display them on a user's device. Most browsers will work well with the Academy. I recommend the free Google Chrome to best view Eldergym® Academy.
My computer is small, can I watch the Academy video courses on my TV?
Yes. You can easily connect your computer or laptop to your TV using an HDMI cable and watch all the videos on your TV or better still, use Chromecast on your TV to easily stream all content from your computer anywhere in your home. https://store.google.com/us/product/chromecast
Do I receive anything in the mail when I join?
No - Eldergym® Academy is entirely online
Is there an orientation after I join the Academy?
Yes, when you join, you will be presented with the on-boarding checklist of new things to do, and will check them off as you go.
Can I pause my membership if I am sick?
Yes, we all have times when it is hard to exercises. You can pause or cancel your membership on your account page with just 2 clicks of your mouse (or finger!)
What if I don't enjoy Eldergym® Academy?
We know you will LOVE Eldergym® Academy, however, if for whatever reason you're not 100% satisfied in any way we have a 30 day money back guarantee (no questions asked). We want you to succeed, and know that if you become a member of the Eldergym® Academy and really put your heart and soul into it… you will see amazing results!
I’m not 100% sure what the Academy is or if it's right for me, do you offer a trial so I can test it out?
You are protected by my 30 day money back guarantee which will allow you plenty of time to decide. There may be an introductory special from time to time so sign up for our email newsletter. You can get a good feel for exactly what the membership is and how much it offers with this behind the scenes video: https://www.eldergymacademy.com/tour/ - If you still have questions after watching, just let us know.
What happens if I decide to cancel my membership?
Obviously we'd love it if all of our members stuck around forever - but we've worked with membership sites for long enough to know that that's never going to happen! So, if you do decide to cancel obviously we'll be very sad, but if you're intent on leaving then you'll be able to do so with just 2 clicks of a mouse.
Do I have to email you if I want to pause or cancel?
No way! You don't have to bother me at all. Just pause or cancel from your account page with two clicks of your mouse and you are done.
I am a senior and just barely know how to use the internet.
I hear you loud and clear. You will need to have internet access in your home first of all. Then you will need a computer. You will need to know how to use a browser like Google Chrome. Just type eldergym.com into your browser and click the login menu button. From there you will need to know how to click links on the pages. That's it. If you have managed to scroll to the bottom of this page and look at these FAQs, you probably will be fine.
Why should I become a member today instead of waiting?
It's time for you to take action. Simple as that. If you really want to have a successful, effective, exercise experience, then you need somewhere to get answers to all of your questions - especially the ones you don’t know you have yet. You need support, community, and most of all... accountability!
Eldergym® Academy is that place. If you really want to make a difference, the time is now.
What is included with my monthly membership?
You will have access to all courses, workouts, classes, videos and many others, in addition we have quick win videos for fast progress, weekly live stream Q&As, private community of members a facebook-like area, and much more to build strength and stability.
Will I receive news and announcements from the Academy?
Yes, you will receive a weekly member news email with all the coming activities and new courses and workouts, and any other communication that needs to happen.
Can I get a membership for my parents?
Yes. Just make sure they have a computer, are able to login, and are familiar with how to navigate a webpage. They will need a username and password to login. It is a good idea to help them for a few days to make sure they are safe, have a chair and weights, and can follow along with the exercise videos.
What equipment do I need?
You can start with just some hand weights and an armless chair. I recommend 1-2 pounds for women, and 3-5 for men. Additionally we will use some household props for some of the courses, like cups, spoons, flashlight, pillows and a towel. I will let you know what you need before the course.
Will I have to exercise everyday?
The National Institute of Aging recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity a day for seniors. In the Academy I recommend starting with the beginner videos 3 times a week. Then as you get stronger try 4 days a week which should be plenty to get strong and stable.
I've never exercised before. Is the Academy right for me?
Absolutely - the Academy covers every stage of exercise, warm up,strengthening, cool down - In fact now is the perfect time for you to join the Academy; as not only do we have training that will take you through every step, but you'll also be able to get support and advice from within the community too, to help you through your journey.
I am already exercising. What can the Academy do for me?
Assuming you want to keep growing and improving, then the Academy can help you with fine tuning your exercise program, give you insight into how to correctly exercise, show you new routines to do; as well as supporting you with working towards your future goals. This is certainly not a "beginner only" community - far from it! We've helped many active seniors improve their fitness levels, so there's plenty of expertise on offer that you're sure to benefit from in your continued growth.
Is all of the content available straight away or is it time-released (drip fed)?
You get access to everything already inside the Academy straight away! No waiting for content to be released to you, just jump in and start making use of the training straight away. We regularly update and add new material too - so your content library will continue growing.
Can I get one-on-one help with my exercise program?
Not only can you ask questions and get advice, support and feedback any time from within our community; but we also run weekly live stream Q&A sessions, where you can pre-submit your questions for Doug, or even ask him live.
Can I access the content released at Eldergym® Academy during my membership once I cancel?
No. Your membership entitles you to enter the members area and access the content there released prior and during the duration of your membership. If you cancel or do not renew your membership you will no longer be able to access the content inside the Academy. If you cancel before your billing date you will continue to have access until the end of your billing period.
Can I upgrade to an annual membership later?
You sure can! You can upgrade to annual membership any time with a couple of clicks from your account page. Our system will automatically take into account the time left on your current subscription, so you'll never be double charged either.
What happened to your DVDs?
Thanks for remembering! The DVDs have been discontinued and are now available to members in the Academy as courses.
Where are the members from?
Currently most members are from the USA. We also have members from the UK, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and South Africa.
"I have seen amazing results"
"Your simple basic strength building exercises do work. I have seen amazing results in just one month doing the exercises 3 to 5 times a week. For anyone on here it takes time and patience but the results are worth it. Exercise is so important. I recently had a crazy slip and fall accident and came crashing down on my right hip. Scary, since my right hip is arthritic. But it’s been a couple of weeks and not a sign of any damage. Exercise works. I have been doing it my entire life. Thank you for your valuable website."
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If there's anything at all that you're not certain about, anything we haven't made clear; any concerns or questions then please do contact us at support and we'll help you out.
P.S.: I am very excited about Eldergym® Academy. It is truly a unique and powerful online senior fitness experience, designed to get you off the couch and active again.
I created the Academy with the inactive senior in mind. This is the stage of life most people find that their strength, flexibility, and balance is deteriorating. You may be feeling wobbly when standing, or turning around. You may find yourself holding on to furniture when walking to the kitchen.
I designed the Academy so that all you have to do is follow along with my Roadmap to start building your strength and balance. You can feel safe using the courses everyday, as long as you follow along with the schedule of classes.
It doesn’t get any easier. Many seniors tell me they want a simple way to exercise. This is it. You will have four ways to learn in the academy. In depth courses, expert workshops, monthly live Q&A, and weekly coaching.
So don’t wait any longer. You won’t find a better comprehensive senior exercise experience out there.
See you on the other side!
“It’s a pain in the gluties. But you gotta do it. Dying is easy, living is tough. I hate working out. Hate it. But I like the results.” - Jack Lalanne