Imagine a place where you have senior specific exercise instruction to build your strength and stability safely and effectively with a Physical Therapist.
The Academy is an online training community for seniors, taking you from weak and wobbly to strong and stable. And it’s packed with in-depth, practical training and resources on all aspects of planning, building, and starting a successful senior fitness program. PLUS the community support you need to ensure your membership achieves its full potential.
Finally get the guidance and help you need to start an exercise program that will improve your strength and stability.
Start a senior focused exercise program designed for the average inactive senior. You don't have to worry about difficult exercises.
Stay motivated to begin and maintain an exercise program. You will get continued feedback from our community to keep on track!
Improve your balance and legs strength so you will be able to reduce your risk of falling. Learn how to maintain your balance during the day.
Enjoy more freedom of movement in your arms, back and hips with exercises to increase your range of motion to improve your daily chores.
Build strength in your arms, back, hips, and legs to maintain your independence in the community and keep active socially.
"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!!!."
"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."
"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!!."
Tap into my 30+ years experience in the industry and a proven track record of helping hundreds of seniors improve their strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance.
Where others teach unproven theory or rely on outdated experience - I'm a Board Certified Physical Therapist, and a certified Geriatric Therapist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
With growing membership - all fellow senior exercisers - the Academy community is there 24/7 to answer all your questions and provide feedback and support.
Members tell me they learn a lot from watching my instructional videos - the Academy is my living 'case study', and I'm transparent in showing behind the scenes of my own exercise experience.
I'm not into complicated programs or jumping on the latest shiny bandwagon. Just safe, effective, proven and practical support and advice for seniors.
I eat, sleep and breathe senior fitness. The Academy is my 100% focus and I love helping our members achieve success. It's all I do, and I'm not going anywhere!
Creator of Eldergym® Academy
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.
For just $20 per month you can get all the training, encouragement, and support you need to finally build your strength and stability. You will get weekly workouts, live presentations and Q&As, courses and workshops, and a community of seniors to cheer you on! Can't wait for you to join us.
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"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."
"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."
You may think you have to be healthy to exercise. It has been show that exercise is safe for most seniors as long as you check with your doctor before you start. Contraindications for exercise would be if you have an unstable or progressive health problem like high blood pressure, cancer, or some heart arrhythmias.
Think you are too old to exercise? It has been shown that seniors in their 90’s can double their strength with a progressive resistance program for the arms, legs, and back.
I can’t exercise because I have a chronic health condition like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or arthritis or coronary artery disease diabetes. Well, believe it or not, many of these chronic conditions actually get better with increased activity and exercise.
You may think you need special clothing or equipment. You don't need a lot. All you need is loose fitting comfortable clothing and good shoes, some inexpensive hand weights, and an armless chair.
You may remember exercise as no pain no gain, and that doesn’t sound good when you are older. No, we do not want pain. If you have pain, there is a problem. Exercise should feel good. If you have pain, especially in your joints, then you are not exercising correctly or you have an orthopedic problem that needs professional attention.
You may think you are too busy to exercise, and have just too much to do during the day. How about 30 minutes? It’s shown that just 30 minutes a day of moderate activity will improve your strength, heart and lungs.
"I have been attending physio and massage therapy, but I am really looking forward to using all your exercise programs, because I can see the benefits and hope to gain them with your holistic approach. Cheers to you and all those seniors you are supporting in “Healthy Aging”. God Bless!"
" 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."
"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."
"My 93 year old mother has been working hard to recover from a broken bone in her foot. Your exercises are a wonderful addition to the PT help she has had."
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You are fully protected by our 30-Day Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you aren't completely satisfied, just send a quick email for a complete refund. You always have full control of your membership, and can cancel or pause with 2 clicks of your mouse anytime.
"Am still working on my left shoulder and it is slowly getting better. Finally got through all the 90th Birthday parties and newspaper photos. I impressed a lot of folks with my ability to get up out of a chair with no arms on the chair. My younger friends were most impressed."
"Your program is wonderful. This is the first exercise program that I actually feel like doing, and I do faithfully. I have fibromyalgia, and arthritis. The repetitions are just right. When doing the exercises, I feel like you are right in the room with me, giving me encouragement and telling me exactly what to do step by step. Thank you, again."
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.
It is easy to join the Academy. Click the Join now button above, fill out the membership section and payment information, and you are in!
The Academy membership rate is currently $20 per month.
The Academy is a private, members only area, and can only be accessed by signing up for a paid membership.
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.
Yes, but only for the yearly membership, which is discounted from the monthly membership. Click here to sign up for annual membership.
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.
Yes. The Academy is all online and can be viewed on any device that has internet access.
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. I recommend Google Chrome to best view Eldergym® Academy.
Yes. You can easily connect your computer or laptop to your TV using an HDMI cable and watch all the videos on your TV.
No - Eldergym® Academy is entirely online
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.
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!)
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!
We run a $1 - 1 week trial from time to time, so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when. There is also our 30 day money back guarantee which will allow you plenty of time to decide. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
You will have access to the Easy Start Course, Master Your Balance Course, Total Senior Fitness course and many others, in addition you will have weekly workouts, quick win videos for fast progress, monthly live Q&As, private community of members a facebook-like area, and much more to build strength and stability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not only can you ask questions and get advice, support and feedback any time from within our community; but we also run monthly live Q&A sessions, where you can pre-submit your questions for Doug, or even ask him live.
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.
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.
Thanks for remembering! The DVDs have been discontinued and are now available to members in the Academy as courses.
Currently most members are from the USA. We also have members from the UK, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and South Africa.
"Glad I came across your videos. Started out in a gym which I think was too rigorous since I am recovering from spinal surgery. I like how you focus on seniors and their ability to keep at this with no pressure. Thanks so much!"
"Doug. Thank you. You are an inspiration for all the elderly. Regular exercises does help maintain health and to complete daily routine without assistance. Appreciate all of your good work. May God bless you with the best of health and happiness."
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 begins to decline. 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!