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Am I too old/too fat/too injured to exercise?


  • Absolutely not. Our balance and resistance training classes in Anchorage are designed for the elderly and those who are not in perfect health.

  • No one is too old to start a regular, consistent, and progressive exercise program.

  • Everyone begins where they are and builds from there

  • The older you get the faster you lose your fitness. It takes only 2 weeks of not doing anything to lose all that you’ve built up, especially if you are over 60.

  • You cannot store fitness: you need to lead an active lifestyle to prevent disease and stave off the aging process  

  • Just look at how much more deconditioned you’d be next year if you keep doing the same thing that you are doing now. 

  • A good Personal Trainer like those at BFitAndWell in Anchorage can help you start a resistance and balance training program and progress you through the baby steps until you build a great strength base.


I'm having a knee replacement in 3 months - is exercise right for me?


  • Absolutely

  • When you strengthen the muscles around the joint that is to be replaced, your recovery is so much faster.

  • Even if your joint is not able to support your weight, we can work you differently and not put added stress on that joint that is in a weakened state. 

  • Most surgeons recommend a rigid pre-surgery exercise regime


I don't want to bulk up - how can I avoid that?


  • Believe me, you will not accidentally bulk up. It takes a very strict program of heavy weights and low reps to actually bulk up. 

  • You will gain definition and become a lot stronger while adding lots of lean body mass

  • Fat is inactive and it does nothing for your body, while lean body mass is actually moving and takes lots of calories to support it. 

  • You will change your body composition so that you might not lose pounds on the scale, but the inches will disappear

  • Yes, muscle weighs more than fat and it takes up less space so you might weigh the same but wear a smaller size


Do I have to change my eating?


  • You don’t have to, but….

  • 80% of fitness comes from what you put in your mouth

  • You cannot out-train a bad diet

  • Portion Control might be your first step

  • We recommend a food log so that we can see what you are eating and then we advise you on the things that you are putting in your body that might be sabotaging your hard work


I have osteoarthritis & my joints hurt all the time - is exercise right for me?


  • Exercise is the best thing for osteoarthritis. If you don’t move those joints—you’ll seize upand you won’t be able to do anything

  • Remember, you start slowly and build up to vigorous exercise

  • Often times you can help osteoarthritis by eliminating certain foods from your diet.

  • The longer you hold off on getting into a regular, consistent, and progressive exercise program the harder it will be to undo the attacks of osteoarthritis

  • There is a saying: Use it or lose it!


What is functional training and how does it differ from traditional training?


  • Functional fitness focuses on movements or programs that lead to greater enhancement in performance, or human function.

  • Functional fitness programs help people do what they want to do, what they enjoy doing, and what they dream of doing with greater ease, less pain, and higher levels of proficiency. Our Balance and Resistance Training Service for elders in Anchorage is designed to help with functional fitness.

  • Traditional training was always focused on the under 45, vanity, weight-loss and image side of fitness.

  • We as functional aging specialist understand that aging is mandatory…but growing old is optional

  • Improving functional fitness is critical to living a long, healthy and enjoyable life.

  • Traditional resistance training does NOT maximize function


How much does your program cost?


  • That depends: We have a wide variety of programs and add-ons. So, the answer to your question is you can spend between $180 a month to $1200 a month depending on what you are looking for, how many times a week you want to train, and what your needs might be. 

  • Functional fitness is one of the best investments of time, money, and effort that a mature adult can make and it will yield huge benefits

  • If you move better, you’ll feel better. If you feel better, you’ll move more. If you move more, you’ll look better

  • All exercise, resistance, and balance training programs in Anchorage are NOT created equal

  • As Functional Aging Specialists, our mission is to help people achieve the best possible health and quality of life through innovative and evidence-based functional fitness programs that are safe, effective, enjoyable and purposeful.

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