Stretching and Mobility Chair Fitness

Tuesday, March 28 2023

Sassy Senior Sitdown with Shelley Owens is a 30-minute chair program that includes seated & standing movement, along with exercises using a ball. Whether you are a land fitness instructor or just looking for a substitute aqua class when the pool is closed, Fitmotivation is dedicated to expanding their land fitness category.



The sassy inspiration behind this video began during the Covid pandemic when people were quarantined and couldn’t go to the gym or the pool. Shelley teaches for her daughter, Sharlie Peterson’s Topeka-based business, Shockwave Aqua Fitness. Like many other fitness professionals during the pandemic, they filmed various in-home exercise videos as an alternative to attending live classes. As a substitute instructor for the Silver Sneakers chair-based fitness program, Shelley was comfortable with leading chair exercise sessions. 

Sassy Senior Sitdown is a 30-minute chair exercise program that includes the following segments.
Segment 1:  This segment serves as an extended warm-up to move the muscles and joints and features seated exercises for both upper and lower body.
Segment 2:  This segment features seated exercises with a lower body focus.
Segment 3:  The action in this segment takes place standing and behind the chair and includes lots more lower body exercises.
Segment 4:  Let’s play ball!  This segment features exercises using a standard “kick-ball sized” plastic ball. 
Segment 5:  The video concludes with a final stretch of all of the major muscle groups. 

Fitmotivation extends a big thank you to Shelley Owens for sharing some of her favorite chair fitness exercises.  Below, watch a fun video of Shelley and Sharlie’s filming adventures in November 2022.  Stay tuned for a high energy aquatic fitness video posting next week with Cindy Vance-Brossman, Fitmotivation ‘s newest instructor. 



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.