Older Adult Seated Exercise

Tuesday, January 24 2023

Sit, Stand & Sculpt with Jenni Lynn Patterson-LaCour is a 50-minute chair class designed to improve core strength, muscular endurance and joint mobility. Aside from use in land fitness, if weather issues or a malfunctioning pool prevent you from teaching your aquatic fitness class, you can consider using this as a substitute low-impact workout.  

This land-based workout features seated exercises that include the use of small hand weights and a rubberized resistance band.  In addition to gentle cardio and overall muscular endurance, core strength is a primary focus of this video. Strong core muscles can help your class members improve posture and more efficiently perform activities of daily living. Exercises from AEA’s Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) were included to add some “movement medicine” to promote healthy joints. In some of the video segments, Jenni Lynn uses a small set of hand weights and a rubberized resistance band.  However, the equipment is optional. The movements can be modified without using extra resistance.  Rubberized resistance bands can be purchased cheaply on Amazon. Watch Jenni Lynn talk more about the workout and review an outline of the action below. 

Segment 1:  Warm-up
This segment is designed to promote joint flexibility and to gently warm the body with a series of movements from AEA’s Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. 
Segment 2:  Abs & Cardio
Once the body is thoroughly warmed up, it’s time to focus on some core training with seated exercises that promote core stability with torso flexion and rotation.
Segment 3:  Resistance Band
This segment features seated exercises that strengthen upper body, lower body and the core with the use of a rubberized resistance band.   
Segment 4:  Weights, Abs & Cardio
This short segment includes the use of hand weights to target core muscles with torso rotation and flexion. 
Segment 5:  Weights
Continuing with the use of small hand weights, this segment features seated exercises that strengthen upper body, lower body and the core.
Segment 6:  Stretch
The workout concludes with some gentle stretching to enhance muscular flexibility. 

Fitmotivation extends a big thank you to Jenni Lynn for sharing content that she uses to keep her active agers moving with land-fitness zoom sessions.  Check out Jenni Lynn's other Fitmotivation videos, and also check out all of the other land fitness videos on Fitmotivation.  Speaking of land fitness, Jenni Lynn and her S’WET team are now offering a workshop called Turf to Surf, which is designed to help transition land-fitness instructors to water fitness instruction.  Check out the S’WET January 2023 newsletter, which includes some dates and location where Turf to Surf is being offered. 


Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.