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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Academy Roadmap

Follow along with our step by step roadmap to take the worry out of how to start exercising.

  • Check with your Doctor
  • Pre-Exercise Test
  • Assess Fitness level
  • Organize your area
  • Get your props
  • Start Exercising!


200 + Video Workouts

Access to our Library of over 150 workout videos. All fitness levelsLevel 1 beginner, Level 2 intermediate and Level 3  advanced

-New classes added weekly -

  • Aerobics
  • Chair Based
  • Balance
  • Pilates
  • Stretching
  • Yoga


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.

  • 4 Week Program
  • 30 Day Balance Challenge
  • 30 Day Workout Routine
  • Balance Course
  • Easy Start Course
  • Total Fitness Course


quick wins

Weekly instructional short videos to quickly get you to your fitness goals

  • How to Strengthen legs with a step
  • how to use a push up bar
  • how to get off the floor safely
  • Strengthening for Musicians
  • how to improve balance with a tennis ball
  • how to improve reaction times
  • frozen shoulder: how to increase motion
  • 10 resistance band exercises for arms and legs
  • how to use R-I-C-E method for muscle soreness

And many more...


weekly live stream

Join us each week live to discuss and problem solve your fitness questions. 

  • How do i exercise
  • do i use weights?
  • How do i work legs?
  • how many minutes?
  • when do i exercise?
  • I have weak arms


senior community

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

  • Strength Starter
  • Low Intensity Strength
  • Balance and Stability
  • Agility and Speed
  • Total body Mobility
  • Cross Training
  • Calorie Burner
  • Injury Prevention
  • Posture Training
  • Core Strength
  • Total Body Strength
  • Lower Body Strength
  • Low Impact Aerobics
  • Upper Body Strength
  • Warm up and cool down

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.

Lee Milnee 

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!

Audrey Schrift

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?

  • If you are a senior who has not exercised in a while and feeling weak and wobbly... the Academy is for you.
  • If your mom, dad, or grandparents need strengthening and balance training at home...the Academy makes a great gift!
  • If you have fallen and your doctor wants you to improve your balance and strength...the Academy is for you.
  • If you need motivation and accountability to succeed with an exercise program...the Academy is for you.
  • If you have the fear of falling, are not confident when walking, seldom go out...the Academy is for you.
  • If you would like to share your successes, challenges, and concerns with your classmates in a safe and supportive group...the Academy is for you.
  • Are you an active, elite senior athlete involved with sport? YOU ARE JUST FINE and are an inspiration to all seniors!
  • Are you a frail senior and need assistance? You need individualized instruction from a qualified Physical Therapist.
  • Do you have an unstable medical condition? Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
  • Can't make time to exercise several times per week? To make progress you will need to practice often.
  • Don't like computer based learning? The Academy is video based and only available online. 
  • Looking for a fall prevention program? Exercising will help your balance but please see your doctor to go over your medications and have a home safety evaluation.


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 PTEldergym® 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?

How do I join the Academy?

How much is it to join the Academy?

Why is there a Monthly fee for the Academy?

How do I pay for the Academy?

Can I pay by check?

Will I need a computer?

Is the Academy only online?

What browser should I use?

My computer is small, can I watch the Academy video courses on my TV?

Do I receive anything in the mail when I join?

Is there an orientation after I join the Academy?

Can I pause my membership if I am sick?

What if I don't enjoy Eldergym® Academy?

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?

What happens if I decide to cancel my membership?

Do I have to email you if I want to pause or cancel?

I am a senior and just barely know how to use the internet. 

Why should I become a member today instead of waiting?

What is included with my monthly membership?

Will I receive news and announcements from the Academy?

Can I get a membership for my parents?

What equipment do I need?

Will I have to exercise everyday?

I've never exercised before. Is the Academy right for me?

I am already exercising. What can the Academy do for me?

Is all of the content available straight away or is it time-released (drip fed)?

Can I get one-on-one help with my exercise program?

Can I access the content released at Eldergym® Academy during my membership once I cancel?

Can I upgrade to an annual membership later?

What happened to your DVDs?

Where are the members from?

"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!

Warm Regards

Doug Schrift 

“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