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The book is very easy to read and it is packed with useful information, especially updated Internet resource center. The author did a great job of explaining medical terms in lay person’s language. I am sure professionals in senior fitness will buy this book to add to their library.

Kazuko Aoyagi, Ph.D., CPT
Health and Fitness consultant and lecturer
President of KazPersonalFitness
Princeton, NJ

My name is Richard Barry. I am 69 years old. I have been a certified personal trainer since 2001. Because of my age and physical appearance, I was approached the owner/trainer of my local gym to help with the seniors in his gym. I was only willing to help if I could receive more training about seniors and how to help them. I realize how much more informed I am using the SrFit program. The ability to take the SrFit program on my computer is a great benefit to me because I am hearing impaired and find classes difficult. Taking the test on line is very easy to do and I got my results immediately. I am very pleased with this program and recommend it to everyone.

Thank you for the great program.

Richard Barry, CPT
Chickamauga , Georgia

Tammy Petersen’s SrFit program manual provides readers with a solid resource on older adult exercise training that nicely blends scientific research with practical application. The SrFit manual is user-friendly and will appeal to both novice and seasoned health and fitness professionals. This manual will be a welcomed addition to the library of any individual working in the specialty area of senior fitness.

Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM
Chief Science Officer American Council on Exercise
San Diego , California

Thank you for the incredibly informative SrFit text that you created for fitness professionals.  I have a degree in exercise science and am a certified athletic trainer.  Although I have a good knowledge of biomechanics, physiology and exercise, your text and comprehensive DVD study guide has provided me with information specific to the senior population.  My personal training company and all of our trainers use the text on a daily basis!  Again, thank you.

Colleen Daily, BS, ATC
Sun City, Arizona

As an ACE-certified personal trainer and a lifestyle and weight management consultant, I find the 'SrFit' manual and workshops essential in the career path development of the personal trainer. Tammy Petersen has developed a fully rounded program that educates and prepares personal trainers to work safely within the realm of senior fitness. The manual is a great tool for every trainer, whether they specialize in senior fitness or simply want to increase their knowledge base of special populations.

Michelle Detwiler, MS, CPT
Health Promotion Coordinator
L&T Health and Fitness
Falls Church , Virginia

The SrFit Program is a great program for anyone who will be working with the senior population. It provides excellent information about the aging process and concerns when working with this population. I would recommend this program to anyone who is personal training or working as a group instructor with older adults.   

Jeff Fellure MS, CSCS, PES
Plainfield , Indiana

The SrFit Program is quite simply the preeminent course for training seniors. While many may attempt to address the importance of getting the growing senior population active and fit, Tammy is doing something about it. She is training a new generation of fitness professionals on the importance and intricacies of senior training.

Scott Gaines
Vice President, Program Development
NESTA-National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association   
Rancho Santa Margarita, California

The SrFit course is the most comprehensive, science based course on training older adults that I have seen. The information is provided in an easy to understand format and the supporting materials (DVDs, CD, workbook, website) reinforce the manual superbly. I highly recommend this program.

Heath Gay, BA, ACE CPT,
NPTI Instructor

I am a 68+ senior and life-long exercise enthusiast. I have long believed that exercise is the best anti-ager, both for outward and inward youth. I love what Tammy says about 'blaming the victim' for the preventable ills of many seniors. The truth hurts! When a senior with COPD says, "I wish I hadn't smoked," or the man with three stents in his heart says, "I should have lost weight a long time ago," it is truly a sorry fact. A healthy lifestyle needs to be a lifelong pursuit, and never stops until one draws the last breath. This senior fitness course surpasses any course in clinical exercise. It provides excellent research and ways for the trainer to deal with both active seniors and those with chronic illnesses. I especially liked the updated guidelines for training seniors over 65 or younger individuals with health challenges. We change as we age, and trainers must know the science behind it. This course is a must for any trainer.

Kathleen Gibbs BA, ACE CPT
Bedminster, NJ

I just finished taking my exam for the SrFit course I have been studying. I took this course specifically because I am a senior [63] and wanted to learn more specifically how I can take care of my own fitness needs. I also took it so I can competently advise the older people I encounter in my profession as a fitness consultant selling exercise equipment. Finally, I needed CEC's for re-certification. I was able to successfully accomplish all three goals with this course.  Additionally, I was able to do it in an affordable manner. This course was 1/3 the cost of a nearby national convention I have gone to in the past. And, I did it at home. All in all, it was a great decision to take this course. I also want to let you know that I PASSED!! Thank you so much.

John Irish, BS, ACE CPT, Manager
Northern Home Fitness
Brookfield, Wisconsin

SrFit is a valuable resource for personal trainers who work with active older adults and with individuals of any age suffering from chronic disease. Tammy Petersen has done a wonderful job constructing a concise manual that clearly describes the many changes associated with aging (and inactivity), guidelines for senior exercise prescription, and strategies to more effectively work with this rapidly growing segment of our society. SrFit should be a primary reference in the libraries of all fitness professionals.

Michael Iserman,BS, CSCS, HFI, NASM-CPT
Director of Personal Training
YMCA of Greater St. Paul & Metropolitan Minneapolis

Overall, I would recommend this book to any practitioner who treats seniors. I definitely think that chiropractors could get use out of it.  Especially the exercise recommendations as they are simple to do, instruct and don't require much in the way of equipment. The book is surprisingly detailed. It was almost like a text book with practical advice... advice that is actually up to date and accurate, which I find is rare.

Robert R. Schuck, DC FASA
Tonganoxie , Kansas

I've been working with seniors for years. I found myself constantly being faced with new obstacles when working with this age group. I needed a program to help me organize my health assessment and to be a useful resource for my future clients. The SrFit program has done just that. The program is laid out in such a straightforward manner that you can easily absorb all of the information. The section on aging is fascinating. I often refer to the chapters on chronic diseases and exercise. I love the access to the video and frequently asked questions CD. Tammy Petersen has been quite helpful with a couple of questions I had about incorporating the program into my business. I highly recommend SrFit to anyone who is considering an exercise program for seniors.

John Sullivan, CPT
Miami Beach, Florida

My number one complaint with most books concerning health and fitness; they're typically boring as hell.  Most people don't want to read anything related to health and fitness, fearing they may slip into a boredom-induced coma.  Thankfully, this is not one of them.  Tammy does a great job merging fact and stat with easy and enjoyable.  This is a book for which you can learn, reference and happily, attentively read.

Marty Tuley, author of Get Off Your Ass! 
Lawrence, Kansas

Tammy Petersen's SrFit book is comprehensive, intelligent, useful and more importantly, easy to read, so the information can be applied. Too many textbooks try and impress the reader instead of making it an applicable tool of the trade. This book does it all for personal trainers to hit the ground running. Our senior college course has been well received with this book as its foundation.

Jay Del Vecchio
President and CEO
World Instructor Training Schools 
Virginia Beach , Virginia

As a person who has spent the past thirty years in the fitness industry, I applaud Tammy Petersen for establishing a comprehensive, relevant and much needed resource for working with the senior population. Unfortunately, most current training programs only graze over information when dealing with seniors. Tammy's insights, research and training protocols offer safe and effective tools for working with this specific group of individuals. Any fitness professional who works with mature adults, owes it to themselves as well as their clients to take advantage of this educational resource.

Phil Wescott B.S.
Personal Training Director
Gold's Gym
St. Petersburg, Fl

Like her first book on senior exercise, Functionally Fit™, Tammy Petersen has done a masterful job presenting very important fitness information for older men and women in a very interesting and understandable format. She addresses key aspects of the aging process and our best anecdotal, sensible strength, endurance and flexibility exercise. From a practical perspective, her exercise selection is excellent, and her training recommendations are safe, effective and time-efficient, thereby enhancing the probability of successful program participation on the part of senior men and women. While Ms. Petersen’s book stands by itself as a comprehensive text, she identifies and provides access to additional resources that are highly relevant, and which should be reviewed thoroughly for even greater understanding of senior fitness and lifestyle concerns. Let the easy-to-read writing style enhance your knowledge of senior fitness in a most enjoyable and employable manner. Applying these materials to senior programs should make a remarkable improvement in the training outcomes.

Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., CSCS
Fitness Research Director South Shore YMCA 
Quincy , Massachusetts

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