I want to thank you for all your advice and encouragement for my upcoming knee surgery. I have done the "Irvies" exercises faithfully, and I definitely feel stronger. Maybe that's why my jeans keep getting baggier, especially in the seat. You could say the exercises benefit all 3 knees -- left knee, right knee, and hi-ney. I am looking forward to getting the op over with, get back on my feet and start kicking a$$ again!
My mom is 81 and in generally good health with an excellent mind. But, I could see that she was slowing down. I suggested to her that she should see Irv, who has helped me develop an effective exercise program that has allowed me to be a very active 57-year-old. She said "why do I need to do that?". I asked her how she felt about using a walker. She got the point and we scheduled an appointment with Irv. By the end of the meeting, she saw the potential for Irv's program and said she would do what he suggested on a daily basis and meet with him once a week. She's been following the program with great discipline and is feeling better, walking up stairs with energy and is generally just a happier person. She said it would been great if she had known Irv and her therapist when she was 35.
So, here is my suggestion for you...whether you are 35, 57 or 81. Start a regular exercise program. If you know what to do to maximize your return for the time you spend exercising, just do it. But, if you need some help structuring your program or a little help sticking with it, Irv is a great resource. Invest in yourself!
When I started at STEPS, I had recently learned that I have Parkinson’s Disease, and I was spending a lot of time just sitting and worrying about the future. At STEPS, I started moving and was given great encouragement to try new ways to limber up and to stretch my muscles. If Dr. Irv said it once, he said it 100 times—“Hold your shoulders back!” I started to feel better and began to look forward to my exercise routines. Today I feel stronger and more energetic than I have felt in some time. My trainer is highly professional and always positive. STEPS is giving me a new and healthy way of dealing with this disease.
A friend of mine recommended STEPS to improve my core strength and level of fitness. I have just finished my 12th workout at this facility and I must say that my experience has exceeded my expectations. My trainer, Stephanie Kemp, varies the workouts to keep them from getting stale and pushes me just enough. After six weeks my flexibility increased noticeably. STEPS has all the equipment, weights, bands, etc. that one could want in a gym, but the typical gym atmosphere is noticeably absent. I would recommend STEPS to anyone.
I look forward to my workouts with Scott knowing that he will customize my workout to help me be able to continue, as I age, doing the activities I enjoy such as backpacking, cycling and swimming. He also offers helpful hints on bike maintenance at no additional charge.
Many personal trainers are not qualified to train older bodies. Maintaining a healthy, strong body is a unique science in older adults. Irv Rubenstein has the education and the experience to effectively strengthen older bodies. My health and well-being is enhanced thanks to my twice weekly sessions with Irv.
My experience with Steps has been very rewarding. Thanks to Irv, I stand taller and sit straighter. He knows the very muscles to target that strengthen my neck and back and allow me to the get the most of my workouts.
STEPS holds a special place in my heart. I nearly destroyed my body with an eating disorder; I lost bone, muscle, and most of all myself. Through strength training, I have made my bones denser, my muscles stronger, and my spirit brighter. I have a second chance at life, and I owe a large part of that to STEPS and my trainer, Irv.
"I could not have climbed these steps without Colleen and Dawn!"
Margaret Ann's dedication to training enabled her to scale the ruins at Machu Picchu, along with the help of her trainers, Colleen Bridges and Dawn Denny.
"When I think of how my life has changed in the few months since the first time I met with Irv at STEPS, I am amazed and grateful. The results are significant … physically and mentally. Irv’s encouragement and enthusiasm, coupled with his considerable expertise, are powerful motivating factors. Irv is a gem … a plum …a terrific 'coach'!"