Senior fitness program wins national award

TEMECULA –The Geri-Fit Company of Temecula won an honorable mention for the fitness classes it conducts at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center in Menifee from the National Institute of Senior Center’s Programs of Excellence.

The National Institute of Senior Centers Programs of Excellence awards are designed to honor and promote outstanding efforts made by senior centers throughout the nation to offer innovative, creative, and replicable programs for older adults.

A NISC committee selected the award winners from 69 nominations. Six award winners, along with six honorable mentions, were chosen. The Geri-Fit Company won an honorable mention in the Nutrition, Fitness and Health Promotion category for its innovative senior center programming held at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center.

“Geri-Fit Private Lessons” are one-on-one personal fitness training sessions. Clients meet privately with a certified Geri-Fit Senior Strength training specialist at the senior center once or twice-a-week depending on their health and fitness goals. Each 30-minute session is custom tailored to the client’s needs and includes strength training with dumbbells and barbells, stretches, and balance and gait exercises.

In 2014, Menifee’s Kay Ceniceros Senior Center was one of the first senior centers in the country to offer Geri-Fit® Personal Fitness Training. The Geri-Fit® private lessons concept was developed out of need and was implemented at the senior center for older adults that wanted to work one-on-one with a certified Geri-Fit® instructor without having a trainer come to their home.

Most of the clients wanted to improve their functional capacity or wanted to feel younger, perhaps lose some weight or have more energy and stamina. Most that sought out the service were either very weak or frail and were susceptible to falling. Some clients had strokes, many had Parkinson’s disease, but all from the 30-minute strength training sessions led by a Certified Geri-Fit® instructor.

Joyce Folman, a 74-year old client that has worked with her trainer for more than two years, was affected by a stroke in 2013. She says the one-on-one training has helped her to improve her balance and walking. “I don’t know what I would do without my trainer, Barry. He has helped me more than physical therapy and he genuinely cares about his clients,” said Folman.

The Kay Ceniceros Senior Center is located at 29995 Evans Road and offers the Geri-Fit® private lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. For more information, call (888) GERI-FIT (888-437-4348) or visit the company’s website at

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