Hi–I’m Susan Longley. I am a teacher and personal coach with a lifetime of experience learning about nutrition and fitness. I went to the gym for the first time at age 19, and was delighted with the results! I’ve worked out consistently since then, and ran the New York City Marathon a few years ago. At 67, I do strength training, swimming and cardio every week.
It is exciting to share my love of fitness with other older adults. I know what “aging” feels like. Although I’m fit for my age, my strength and balance are not the same as they were 25 years ago. I don’t want to do jumping jacks because they make me pee. I prefer to keep one foot on the ground most of the time, unless I’m in the water or hanging onto a TRX strap! I love the challenge of continuing to push and respect limits at the same time!
I am now a certified fitness trainer, providing personal fitness training and coaching for older adults including strength training, water exercise, and fitness coaching. I’m certified in senior fitness, water exercise for clients with arthritis, and care of people with Alzheimer’s.
Here’s a video of me playing tennis with one of my Alzheimer’s clients:
My oldest client is 92 years old. She can do squats, kicks, and shoulder presses. I always spot her to make sure she keeps her balance, but she does all the work herself. In this video, she’s showing off her tap dancing skills!
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