Going Beyond the Norm – Training seniors and those with chronic conditions

Lori Michiel training for the personal trainer for seniorsOlder adults and seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population, and they are accustomed to a lifestyle that is carefree and comfortable. They are invested in their overall health, in a high quality of life and in being engaged with their peers and their surroundings. However, they are not entirely immune to the aging process. Therefore, when they must modify their activity because of disease or injury, they seek a fun, caring and competent individual who understands their unique needs and will be their personal cheerleader for a custom exercise program.

The Pew Research Center notes roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day through 2030. Competition among Senior Communities and individual training has never been more challenging. It’s not enough to simply offer fun sessions – that is the expectation, so how do you maintain a competitive edge? Today’s clients are setting the bar higher and expect you to keep informed by offering quality programs and activities for fitness.

Join us for the “Beyond the Training Norm – Training Special Populations” workshop, created by Lori Michiel and Diane Kruszynski.

This program is designed to provide new levels of versatility and specialized skill into your current practice. General fitness courses give you the basics of anatomy and physiology, while the advanced level of training in this course can dramatically develop your intermediate-level business.

This workshop reviews theory and applications to enhance your skills with a mature population, who have neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. Learn new techniques that are safe, fun and fresh, which enable practitioners to work with clients who have movement disorders, osteoarthritis, cognitive impairment (dementia, Alzheimer’s), stroke, cardio-respiratory (a-fib), MS and numerous other conditions. Past classes have included an overview of how to work with various ailments and Parkinson’s functional training and exercise application.

Please contact us for more information about our next workshop.

 “I am thankful for the training I received from Lori Michiel which expanded my knowledge of working with mature clients. I have been working with seniors for many years her information went beyond my basic knowledge taught to me by ISSA. I have a better grasp how to work with dementia clients more easily and those with other conditions in board and care homes.”

 – Teri Zinn, ISSA CPT

“After graduating from the Missouri College’s NASM program in personal training and corrective exercise, I did and internship with Diane Kruszynski. I wanted to learn more about working with special populations. The NASM curriculum only touched upon this subject. Diane taught her method which went into great depth. I learned techniques that were vital to working with all different types of conditions.”

” I would not have succeeded as a personal trainer without my mentor. Working with her gave me the tools and the confidence I needed in developing my own training style. Diane and her unique training method was the major influence in the success of my career.”

– Julia Rich, CPT, CES, PES

Diane Kruszynski and Lori Michiel Personal Trainers

Diane Kruszynski & Lori Michiel


Lori Michiel, President and Founder of Lori Michiel Fitness™, is a highly recognized certified personal trainer, skilled fitness expert and published professional who understands how to work with active adults, former athletes and seniors. Her practice is designed for people who want to protect their bodies from the slings and arrows of life while improving their vitality, balance, strength and self-confidence.

Lori is trained by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the gold standard in the fitness industry, and is certified by SilverSneakers® and the Arthritis Foundation. An active member of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and IDEA Fitness Association, Lori has over 45 years of experience assisting clients who suffer from chronic conditions such as arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, are challenged by post-rehabilitation recovery, dementia or are simply committed to aging gracefully. Her keen sense of humor and sensitive approach make her a highly sought-after trainer and coach.

Diane Kruszynski, MES, CES, a certified Medical Exercise Specialist, is President and Founder of DMK Fitness, LLC. She has more than 35+ years of experience in the fitness industry, specializing in Pre and Post Rehabilitation Fitness and therapeutic training for special populations as well as older adults. During the past two decades, she has collaborated, in part, with the medical profession and focused her practice on functional optimization following neuromuscular and musculoskeletal injury or illness. Her goal is to create a safe bridge and an open line of communication between the doctor and the patient/client. The training is customized to the disability/ability and needs of the individual client, but is focused on strength, endurance, flexibility and core stability, ultimately, optimal function.

Diane is trained and certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). An active member of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Missouri College where she offers internships for students completing the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) course in Personal Training and Corrective Exercise. The internship specifically focuses on working with special populations and older adults.

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