Maintaining balance in your senior yearsBalance: Stay Vertical – Resist the Hidden Danger of Falling

Even in Your 30s and 40s, Specific Exercises Help Prevent a Big Danger of Aging

You know it when you feel it

If you find yourself needing to sit down to take off your shoes, it might be time to start paying attention to your sense of balance.

People don’t usually think about balance until they fall or know someone they never thought would. There are signs that cannot be ignored such as holding onto hand rails to go up and down the stairs, wavering as you step into a pair of pants, missing the lip on a curb. These situations can be an early warning sign that your stability is starting to decline.

Once recognized, it is important not to dismiss the signs because loss of balance is usually treatable, but will often get worse if ignored. A formal assessment may not indicate balance issues, but does help predict the chances of becoming “one with the floor”.

Hidden dangers if we ignore our balance

We lose the equivalent of seven pounds of our muscle strength each decade from early adulthood on, if no action is taken.

  • By age 60 we have lost 30%
  • By age 70 we have lost 45%
  • By age 80 we have lost 60%

Which Comes First, the Fall or the Fear?

The research into falls, fall risk and fall prevention is extensive because falls are the leading cause of injuries in adults over age 65 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every 17 seconds, someone in this age group is treated in an emergency room for a fall. Every 30 minutes, someone will die from their injury. Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months without intervention.

Weak muscles, which support joints, and weak bones, are compromised. After six months following a fall, only 15% of people are able to walk across the room unaided. Assisted devices become a new companion and relocation to an assisted living community becomes the new reality.

What couldn’t you do today that you were able to do a year ago?

A friend in her fifties recently told me when she went fishing a year ago and she was fearless when walking across a log laid over a stream in the woods. This year, she instinctively knew she would fall into the stream if she tried to cross on that same log; her balance had deteriorated that much in just a year’s time.

Muscle groups and other causes of imbalances effecting function

    • Poor postural muscles pulling you forward and down
    • Tight hip flexors when sitting too long affects gait
    • Tight hamstrings which can lead to back pain
    • Tight calf muscles can cause knee to internally rotate
    • Decreased sensation in legs and feet (from aging, diabetes or neuropathy)
    • Vision impairment
    • Dizziness or vertigo (from the side effects of medications, anemia, dehydration, stroke, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological ailments)

 

What Do the Experts Say?

Specific recommendations are done after a formal evaluation is performed. Only functional, evidence-based tests are used such as the Functional Fitness Test, Berg Balance Scale, Fullerton Advanced Balance Scale, Dynamic Gait Index, Timed Up and Go Test and more. Clients are tested with and without footwear, and with and without assisted devices, when appropriate. The recommendations from 2010 guidelines still hold those specific programs for treatment. They must include multi-positional balance, gait and strength training, such as tai chi, physical therapy or personal training with a certified professional.

What’s Next?

Careful interpretation of evaluation results can provide a meaningful basis for developing a fitness plan that meets an individual’s short and long-term goals for functional mobility. With the right toolbox, clients can learn how to target and re-train certain muscles, transfer weight, improve motor control, balance, coordination, synchronization of muscle groups and neuromotor control.

Read more about Lori Michiel Fitness’ Exer-tasking techniques for balance. Check out our Exercise Snack Videos for exercises you can do at home to assist you with your balance.

Kind Words from our Clients

Sheri L.

My family engaged the services of Lori Michiel for my 77-year-old mother. I was very pleased with Lori's overall professionalism, starting off with in an in-depth health questionnaire, and then physical assessment. She was very engaging, personable and easy to work with. Her approach with my mother (a difficult person) was always right on target, and she was encouraging, positive and upbeat. She would give us reports after each training session to keep us apprised of what went on. I would definitely recommend Lori Michiel to anyone seeking personal training sessions for those over age 50, as she is quite knowledgeable and experienced with the health issues of this population, and appears to have a natural affinity for these individuals.

- Sheri L.

2015-03-16T03:08:24+00:00

- Sheri L.

My family engaged the services of Lori Michiel for my 77-year-old mother. I was very pleased with Lori's overall professionalism, starting off with in an in-depth health questionnaire, and then physical assessment. She was very engaging, personable and easy to work with. Her approach with my mother (a difficult person) was always right on target, and she was encouraging, positive and upbeat. She would give us reports after each training session to keep us apprised of what went on. I would definitely recommend Lori Michiel to anyone seeking personal training sessions for those over age 50, as she is quite knowledgeable and experienced with the health issues of this population, and appears to have a natural affinity for these individuals.

Mary

I've become more confident in pushing my limits as I learned techniques from Lori that were customized to my age and condition. Before, I would pull back from activities for fear of pain or further injury, but she taught me how to build muscle and stamina progressively and safely. Confidence is built on a series of successes; The Lori Method™ works!
Lori's principles of dynamic stretching revolutionized the way I approach stretching. I've seen a great increase in flexibility and have even built additional strength using her techniques.

- Mary

2015-08-27T01:31:46+00:00

- Mary

I've become more confident in pushing my limits as I learned techniques from Lori that were customized to my age and condition. Before, I would pull back from activities for fear of pain or further injury, but she taught me how to build muscle and stamina progressively and safely. Confidence is built on a series of successes; The Lori Method™ works! Lori's principles of dynamic stretching revolutionized the way I approach stretching. I've seen a great increase in flexibility and have even built additional strength using her techniques.

Rolanda

I learned from Lori how important exercise is to my well-being and that I need to be accountable to myself and make exercise a part of my every day. I actually see Lori's face when I swim, or use the tread mill and know that she will be proud of me and my efforts to live “the good life”.

– Rolanda

2015-08-27T01:36:34+00:00

– Rolanda

I learned from Lori how important exercise is to my well-being and that I need to be accountable to myself and make exercise a part of my every day. I actually see Lori's face when I swim, or use the tread mill and know that she will be proud of me and my efforts to live “the good life”.

Jackie

Lori is a talented, innovative teacher /trainer. She has helped me better how my body works -- and what is needed to keep it moving! She constantly works around limitations with creative ways to accomplish the exercises and movements needed to build more strength and resilience. In addition to helping me with pain issues, she's helped me become more aware of how important posture and balance are. She's led me through provided me with methods to improve both. She also shares resources regarding my particular pain issues as well as general good health and body maintenance.

– Jackie

2015-08-27T01:40:45+00:00

– Jackie

Lori is a talented, innovative teacher /trainer. She has helped me better how my body works -- and what is needed to keep it moving! She constantly works around limitations with creative ways to accomplish the exercises and movements needed to build more strength and resilience. In addition to helping me with pain issues, she's helped me become more aware of how important posture and balance are. She's led me through provided me with methods to improve both. She also shares resources regarding my particular pain issues as well as general good health and body maintenance.

Judi G.

Lori and her team provide personal training for my elderly mother who has Alzheimer's and dementia, as part of her overall care. They customized a program addressing her needs, including balance and mobility. She really likes her two trainers and looks forward to her sessions. I highly recommend Lori Michiel Fitness!

- Judi G.

2016-07-13T17:19:42+00:00

- Judi G.

Lori and her team provide personal training for my elderly mother who has Alzheimer's and dementia, as part of her overall care. They customized a program addressing her needs, including balance and mobility. She really likes her two trainers and looks forward to her sessions. I highly recommend Lori Michiel Fitness!

Pam

I enjoy working with you. You take the time to listen to my issues (and there are many) and give me great advice. You are my support and keep me on track.

I am very thankful for finding you and for your willingness to work with me! You are a wonderful person and I appreciate you very much.

- Pam

2016-12-01T00:42:34+00:00

- Pam

I enjoy working with you. You take the time to listen to my issues (and there are many) and give me great advice. You are my support and keep me on track. I am very thankful for finding you and for your willingness to work with me! You are a wonderful person and I appreciate you very much.

Rene Russo

I want to thank you so much for the donation you gave to MAPS Charities on my mother, Shirley’s, behalf. What a kind gesture and what a worthy charity.

Your fitness program has really helped my mom!! I saw her this week and she is stronger and her balance has really improved. She got up from her chair so much easier!!!
Best news, she's very happy that she started working out and she adores Sam and Rita.She actually looks forward to it.

It's great to have a job that makes a difference in people’s lives. What a blessing you have been to all of us. Thank you so so much for all you do.

Best wishes to you for a beautiful new year.

Love,
Rene Russo, Actor

2017-01-28T17:32:38+00:00

Love,
Rene Russo, Actor

I want to thank you so much for the donation you gave to MAPS Charities on my mother, Shirley’s, behalf. What a kind gesture and what a worthy charity. Your fitness program has really helped my mom!! I saw her this week and she is stronger and her balance has really improved. She got up from her chair so much easier!!! Best news, she's very happy that she started working out and she adores Sam and Rita.She actually looks forward to it. It's great to have a job that makes a difference in people’s lives. What a blessing you have been to all of us. Thank you so so much for all you do. Best wishes to you for a beautiful new year.

Barb Weitzberg

Lori – I just wanted to put in a plug for you as a trainer. I’ve been very impressed with how you individualize your training and make an effort to get a question answered if you don’t know the answer. Not only did you check out my condition (Fibromyalgia) and how you can help, you sent me an email within the same day as we saw each other. You’re organized and fun to work with. I asked for some cheat sheets so I could practice at home and remember what to do and you had them ready the next time I saw you. You have a great, cheerful attitude. I would recommend you to anyone!

– Barb Weitzberg

2017-02-06T17:06:22+00:00
Lori – I just wanted to put in a plug for you as a trainer. I’ve been very impressed with how you individualize your training and make an effort to get a question answered if you don’t know the answer. Not only did you check out my condition (Fibromyalgia) and how you can help, you sent me an email within the same day as we saw each other. You’re organized and fun to work with. I asked for some cheat sheets so I could practice at home and remember what to do and you had them ready the next time I saw you. You have a great, cheerful attitude. I would recommend you to anyone! – Barb Weitzberg

Jill M. Brink

For the past seven years, my clients have reaped the benefits of working with Lori Michiel and her team. My clients are living with less pain, greater strength, endurance and flexibility; fewer falls as well as less depression and more energy for life. Speaking as a Professional Geriatric Care Manager, physical exercise is an integral component of a Care Plan, especially for my clients with health issues. Moving the body is essential to physical, emotional and cognitive well-being and Lori and her trainers know how to safely and effectively engage my clients in an exercise program that is appropriate for their needs.

- Jill M. Brink, Ph.D, Geriatric Care Management, Aging Interventions

2015-01-15T03:04:48+00:00

- Jill M. Brink, Ph.D, Geriatric Care Management, Aging Interventions

For the past seven years, my clients have reaped the benefits of working with Lori Michiel and her team. My clients are living with less pain, greater strength, endurance and flexibility; fewer falls as well as less depression and more energy for life. Speaking as a Professional Geriatric Care Manager, physical exercise is an integral component of a Care Plan, especially for my clients with health issues. Moving the body is essential to physical, emotional and cognitive well-being and Lori and her trainers know how to safely and effectively engage my clients in an exercise program that is appropriate for their needs.

Alyse Hart

Lori is sensitive to my fifty plus body and injuries, but finds ways to work around them.

- Alyse Hart

2014-11-05T01:54:28+00:00

- Alyse Hart

Lori is sensitive to my fifty plus body and injuries, but finds ways to work around them. (more…)

Rich S., Teacher

I am a 60-plus-year-old male born with Spina Bifida. I have been a client of Lori’s since 2009, her program of exercise, diet advice and strength training has enabled me to regain my stamina and correct flaws in my walking gait. Through Lori’s program, I have been able to realize quantum leaps in strength, walking and endurance.

- Rich S., Teacher

2014-11-05T02:04:10+00:00

- Rich S., Teacher

I am a 60-plus-year-old male born with Spina Bifida. I have been a client of Lori’s since 2009, her program of exercise, diet advice and strength training has enabled me to regain my stamina and correct flaws in my walking gait. Through Lori’s program, I have been able to realize quantum leaps in strength, walking and endurance. (more…)

Kerry O’Brien

Lori is a fabulous trainer whose integrity shines through. Not only does she really know her business, she also knows the special needs of we aging baby boomers! I highly recommend her.

- Kerry O’Brien Fitness Trainer & Owner, Inspiring Motion

2014-11-05T02:26:53+00:00

- Kerry O’Brien Fitness Trainer & Owner, Inspiring Motion

Lori is a fabulous trainer whose integrity shines through. Not only does she really know her business, she also knows the special needs of we aging baby boomers! I highly recommend her.

Brenda Hans

Lori is amazing! She can get seniors to do things they never thought they could do again. She works on their balance and fitness. Her classes have the largest attendance of any other class in our community.

- Brenda Hans, former Executive Director, Brookdale Chatsworth Senior Living

2014-11-05T02:34:58+00:00

- Brenda Hans, former Executive Director, Brookdale Chatsworth Senior Living

Lori is amazing! She can get seniors to do things they never thought they could do again. She works on their balance and fitness. Her classes have the largest attendance of any other class in our community.

Susan

I first hired Lori as my personal trainer in 2009. My goal was to bare my arms at my daughter’s wedding. Well, the wedding has come and gone (and bare I did), but the workouts continue. I feel healthier. I feel stronger. I feel as though I am doing something especially right for me.

- Susan

2014-11-05T02:37:26+00:00

- Susan

I first hired Lori as my personal trainer in 2009. My goal was to bare my arms at my daughter’s wedding. Well, the wedding has come and gone (and bare I did), but the workouts continue. I feel healthier. I feel stronger. I feel as though I am doing something especially right for me.

Al

My wife has Alzheimer’s, and Lori has been her personal trainer for nearly a year, and in that time she has also become a personal friend. Lori has been kind and patient with my wife, and I have complete confidence with her care, which provides me with regular, much needed respite. More importantly, my wife’s doctors are continually impressed with my wife’s balance and overall physical condition, all thanks to Lori.

- Al

2014-11-05T02:38:40+00:00

- Al

My wife has Alzheimer’s, and Lori has been her personal trainer for nearly a year, and in that time she has also become a personal friend. Lori has been kind and patient with my wife, and I have complete confidence with her care, which provides me with regular, much needed respite. More importantly, my wife’s doctors are continually impressed with my wife’s balance and overall physical condition, all thanks to Lori.

Sue Gramacy

Lori was great with my 84-year-old mother – helped her get her strength back.

- Sue Gramacy

2014-11-05T02:39:26+00:00

- Sue Gramacy

Lori was great with my 84-year-old mother – helped her get her strength back.

Adriana Roa

Lori is a gem. Her ability to enthuse and motivate residents is second to none. Her exercise techniques are specific to their needs and I can’t imagine [an] activity calendar without her name on it. Love her!

- Adriana Roa former Activity Director, for Agoura Hills Senior Retreat

2014-11-05T02:40:02+00:00

- Adriana Roa former Activity Director, for Agoura Hills Senior Retreat

Lori is a gem. Her ability to enthuse and motivate residents is second to none. Her exercise techniques are specific to their needs and I can’t imagine [an] activity calendar without her name on it. Love her!

Donna Deutchman

We all want to age gracefully, and maintain as much of our youthful energy as possible—Lori gives you the tools to work with your body’s limits and get the most out of life.

- Donna Deutchman

2014-11-05T02:40:42+00:00

- Donna Deutchman

We all want to age gracefully, and maintain as much of our youthful energy as possible—Lori gives you the tools to work with your body’s limits and get the most out of life.

Robert Chui, M.D.

We are grateful for the wonderful work Lori and her trainer, Mary, have done. I would not hesitate to recommend Lori Michiel or her team to anyone who feels that they need someone to work on a fitness routine that understands how older bodies move and respond to exercise.

- Robert Chui, M.D.

2014-11-05T04:59:43+00:00

- Robert Chui, M.D.

We are grateful for the wonderful work Lori and her trainer, Mary, have done. I would not hesitate to recommend Lori Michiel or her team to anyone who feels that they need someone to work on a fitness routine that understands how older bodies move and respond to exercise.

Audri Phillips

Lori has been helping my father who is living in an assisted living community.
She has helped him get out of his wheelchair and use his walker. My father and I are both grateful for the wonderful work she has done. But more than that she serves as a champion for my dad where he is staying. She encourages the staff to let my father use his walker more often and makes sure when she is there that all else is well.

- Audri Phillips

2014-11-05T05:07:16+00:00

- Audri Phillips

Lori has been helping my father who is living in an assisted living community. She has helped him get out of his wheelchair and use his walker. My father and I are both grateful for the wonderful work she has done. But more than that she serves as a champion for my dad where he is staying. She encourages the staff to let my father use his walker more often and makes sure when she is there that all else is well.

Leslie M

I love the Lori Michiel Fitness Boot Camp LITE that I participate in! The setting is intimate and Lori has made the workout specifically to meet our needs for our aging bodies. I also enjoy the variety of activities that Lori introduces every week; it keeps the workout fun and entertaining!

- Leslie M., MA

2014-11-05T05:07:56+00:00

- Leslie M., MA

I love the Lori Michiel Fitness Boot Camp LITE that I participate in! The setting is intimate and Lori has made the workout specifically to meet our needs for our aging bodies. I also enjoy the variety of activities that Lori introduces every week; it keeps the workout fun and entertaining!

Lois Luger

Lori is one of the best, if not the best trainer I have worked with. I say this because: For the longest time I could not find a trainer who worked with “Young Seniors”. Lori immediately understood that I was not ready for chair exercises but wanted a workout that is appropriate for a 60+ women who has exercised on and off her whole life. Thank you Lori for giving me back the desire to exercise.

- Lois Luger, Realtor

2014-11-05T05:08:42+00:00

- Lois Luger, Realtor

Lori is one of the best, if not the best trainer I have worked with. I say this because: For the longest time I could not find a trainer who worked with “Young Seniors”. Lori immediately understood that I was not ready for chair exercises but wanted a workout that is appropriate for a 60+ women who has exercised on and off her whole life. Thank you Lori for giving me back the desire to exercise.

Dalia Hayon

Being part of the “Lori Michiel Fitness Boot Camp” with Lori energizes me for a whole week. Lori is sensitive to the 50+ needs and truly knows how the body works. Nothing is better than exercising to music and laughter with great women.

- Dalia Hayon

2014-11-05T05:09:42+00:00

- Dalia Hayon

Being part of the “Lori Michiel Fitness Boot Camp” with Lori energizes me for a whole week. Lori is sensitive to the 50+ needs and truly knows how the body works. Nothing is better than exercising to music and laughter with great women.

Ron Walker

I feel so much more normal in my everyday life. I don’t know how else to put it. I guess that comes from balance, strength and flexibility. It’s seems subtle, but it makes a big a difference in how I feel. I just wanted you to know! Thanks!

- Ron Walker

2014-11-05T05:10:28+00:00

- Ron Walker

I feel so much more normal in my everyday life. I don’t know how else to put it. I guess that comes from balance, strength and flexibility. It’s seems subtle, but it makes a big a difference in how I feel. I just wanted you to know! Thanks!

Phyllis C.

Lori is an outstanding personal trainer! I found her website online when my husband Bill was looking for a trainer to work with him on specific fitness goals. When we first met with Lori, it was apparent to both of us that she had the credentials, ability, attitude, and approach that fit Bill’s requirements. She is very skillful at designing a program of exercises that are just right for the individual. Also, she has a wonderful approach and personality, is very enthusiastic, supportive, upbeat, and easy to work with, and is very motivating!

- Phyllis C.

2014-11-05T05:13:56+00:00

- Phyllis C.

Lori is an outstanding personal trainer! I found her website online when my husband Bill was looking for a trainer to work with him on specific fitness goals. When we first met with Lori, it was apparent to both of us that she had the credentials, ability, attitude, and approach that fit Bill’s requirements. She is very skillful at designing a program of exercises that are just right for the individual. Also, she has a wonderful approach and personality, is very enthusiastic, supportive, upbeat, and easy to work with, and is very motivating!

Regina Saucedo

Lori worked with my mother, Katherine, 82 for over four years. She had Parkinson's disease and balance was a big problem for her. Lori was a great help to her with balance and flexibility. She also worked with her on her speech which was a challenge with Parkinson's. Mom always looked forward to Lori's visits and I couldn't have been happier with her results. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

- Regina Saucedo

2014-11-05T05:14:36+00:00

- Regina Saucedo

Lori worked with my mother, Katherine, 82 for over four years. She had Parkinson's disease and balance was a big problem for her. Lori was a great help to her with balance and flexibility. She also worked with her on her speech which was a challenge with Parkinson's. Mom always looked forward to Lori's visits and I couldn't have been happier with her results. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Anonymous

I highly recommend Lori. She is energetic, enthusiastic and very supportive of her clients – young and old with ailments. Working with Lori encourages success and better health. She is unbelievable.

- Anonymous

2014-11-05T05:15:42+00:00

- Anonymous

I highly recommend Lori. She is energetic, enthusiastic and very supportive of her clients – young and old with ailments. Working with Lori encourages success and better health. She is unbelievable.

Rick Kagawa

I am a conservator for a client. Lori comes twice a week to keep my client active and motivated. Since I don’t live in the area, Lori has provided another set of eyes on the ground as to what is happening in the house. She has kept my client motivated to stay active and helps with strength for an 80-year-old. Lori has been a lifesaver.

- Rick Kagawa President, Capital Resources and Insurance, Inc.

2014-11-05T05:16:37+00:00

- Rick Kagawa President, Capital Resources and Insurance, Inc.

I am a conservator for a client. Lori comes twice a week to keep my client active and motivated. Since I don’t live in the area, Lori has provided another set of eyes on the ground as to what is happening in the house. She has kept my client motivated to stay active and helps with strength for an 80-year-old. Lori has been a lifesaver.

Tessa Warschaw

Lori is a wonder! Just look at her…clearly, she walks her talk and looks healthy and full of spirit and energy that energizes the rest of us. She is able to work with ANY ego and believes in proactive health. It was a privilege to work with her.

- Tessa Warschaw PhD, Owner, Qwik-Fix Coaching

2014-11-05T05:17:09+00:00

- Tessa Warschaw PhD, Owner, Qwik-Fix Coaching

Lori is a wonder! Just look at her…clearly, she walks her talk and looks healthy and full of spirit and energy that energizes the rest of us. She is able to work with ANY ego and believes in proactive health. It was a privilege to work with her.

Jean Dickinson

We have had the pleasure to work with Lori at our Walk to End Alzheimer's events and she is such a pro! She is extremely professional and does a terrific job. We appreciate her commitment to our cause and know that the crowd truly enjoys her. Many, many thanks to Lori and to Lori Michiel Fitness.

- Jean Dickinson Vice President of Marketing & Communications Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter

2014-11-05T05:18:17+00:00

- Jean Dickinson Vice President of Marketing & Communications Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter

We have had the pleasure to work with Lori at our Walk to End Alzheimer's events and she is such a pro! She is extremely professional and does a terrific job. We appreciate her commitment to our cause and know that the crowd truly enjoys her. Many, many thanks to Lori and to Lori Michiel Fitness.

Thyra and Karl Boeckmann

We have had Lori work with our 86-year-old mother for over two years ….She is able to develop a routine that can be easily followed and enjoys her “work outs” with Lori each week….We recommend her highly….

- Thyra and Karl Boeckmann V.P., Galpin Ford

2014-11-05T05:19:03+00:00

- Thyra and Karl Boeckmann V.P., Galpin Ford

We have had Lori work with our 86-year-old mother for over two years ….She is able to develop a routine that can be easily followed and enjoys her “work outs” with Lori each week….We recommend her highly….

Beth Lin

After being told by numerous doctors that I had severe osteoporosis, it was suggested I start a regimen of daily injections. Instead, I chose resistance training to see if that would help my condition. It has! I attribute my “stronger bones” to my fitness trainer, Lori Michiel and the work we have been doing since 2011. I see her three times a week. I am getting me stronger, more flexible and she sees that I stay injury-free!!!

- Beth Lin

2014-11-05T05:30:16+00:00

- Beth Lin

After being told by numerous doctors that I had severe osteoporosis, it was suggested I start a regimen of daily injections. Instead, I chose resistance training to see if that would help my condition. It has! I attribute my “stronger bones” to my fitness trainer, Lori Michiel and the work we have been doing since 2011. I see her three times a week. I am getting me stronger, more flexible and she sees that I stay injury-free!!!

Rachel Karten

My mother, Sandra, started working out a couple of months ago and it has been such an amazing life changing experience for her. My Mom hated the idea of exercise, but as soon as she started working with Lori Michiel Fitness trainers, she has become stronger and more flexible.

- Rachel Karten

2014-11-05T05:31:09+00:00

- Rachel Karten

My mother, Sandra, started working out a couple of months ago and it has been such an amazing life changing experience for her. My Mom hated the idea of exercise, but as soon as she started working with Lori Michiel Fitness trainers, she has become stronger and more flexible. (more…)

Kerri Woodford

I wanted to send you a quick note to thank both you and Stephanie for the work you did with my husband Peter.
As you both know, Peter was recovering from an extended hospitalization and was struggling to regain his strength and feeling of wellness. The “therapists” we were seeing at the outpatient facilities were treating Peter as a “patient.” We needed someone who would treat Peter as a PERSON.

- Warmest regards, Kerri Woodford

2014-11-05T05:32:18+00:00

- Warmest regards, Kerri Woodford

I wanted to send you a quick note to thank both you and Stephanie for the work you did with my husband Peter. As you both know, Peter was recovering from an extended hospitalization and was struggling to regain his strength and feeling of wellness. The “therapists” we were seeing at the outpatient facilities were treating Peter as a “patient.” We needed someone who would treat Peter as a PERSON.

Vicki Olin and Carol

Vicki attends "Lori Michiel Fitness" sessions three days a week and when the classes are over, she always says the same thing, “Is class over already?” Vicki can now participate in the entire hour-long class. Along with so many other benefits from Lori’s Fitness classes, Vicki has gained endurance.

I cannot say enough regarding these great classes and the lady behind them, Lori Michiel.

Fondly, Vicki Olin and Carol

2015-01-09T08:17:03+00:00

Fondly, Vicki Olin and Carol

Vicki attends "Lori Michiel Fitness" sessions three days a week and when the classes are over, she always says the same thing, “Is class over already?” Vicki can now participate in the entire hour-long class. Along with so many other benefits from Lori’s Fitness classes, Vicki has gained endurance. I cannot say enough regarding these great classes and the lady behind them, Lori Michiel.

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