Our facility offers individualized exercise plans for older adults who want to stay active, healthy, and independent and those who have chronic health conditions. When starting or continuing a fitness program, it is important to find a facility that is safe and appropriate for your exercise needs and goals. Here are four ways Motion 4 Life Fitness differs from surrounding gyms:
1. We care about your health and make sure your exercise is safe and appropriate.
Each member will complete a health history based on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) heart recommendations. A review of the health history will provide us with your current activity level, short and long-term goals, and determine the appropriate intensity level of exercise that is right for you. Our Founder and Medical Director, Carol Weesner, MD, is available to review and discuss your Health History and communicate with your physician if necessary.
2. We take the guesswork out of your exercise program.
Every member will receive an individualized exercise program based on health history and our fitness assessments. These exercise programs will include a variety of strength, cardiovascular, balance, agility, and flexibility training.
Why do we do this? Many individuals do not know or remember how to use equipment, and more importantly, what exercises they should be doing.
At Motion 4 Life you will be able to use and log your exercise program between your 1-on-1 personal or small group training sessions. You have the flexibility to pick the training membership option that best fits your personal goals, comfort level, and lifestyle.
3. Classes developed in-house specifically for older adults
We have group classes created by our trainers that include balance, flexibility, cardiovascular, and agility training to complement the individual and small group training. These group classes are separated into low, medium, and high-level intensities. Our staff will help you schedule classes that best fit your current fitness level and availability.
4. Professional, Health-focused, Well-trained Staff
The Founder of Motion 4 Life Fitness is Dr. Carol Weesner. When asked why she started M4L she stated, “It comes down to this: as an Emergency Medicine physician I have seen older patients at the time of injury and also for subsequent complications. These injuries have important physical, emotional, and lifestyle implications, not the least of which is an ability to live independently. Having focused on the reactive side of medicine, I decided to focus on the proactive and create M4L, one of the country’s first large fitness facility focusing on the health of active agers.” She is passionate about motivating people to improving their life, regardless of one’s current fitness level and will serve as M4L’s Medical Director.
Each of our Personal Trainers has been carefully chosen for their knowledge, four-year degree in Exercise Science or related field, and passion for helping aging adults. Dave Stewart has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Ball State University, NASM senior fitness specialist certification, CPR/AED certification, Functional Aging Institute certification, and 10 years of experience as a personal trainer. Karena Monson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, Master’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science, NASM senior fitness specialist certification, and CPR/AED certification.
Our on-site Registered Dietician is Amanda Garant. She is passionate about helping others understand how much nutrition can impact their lives. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics degree at Marshall University and completed her internship and Master of Science degree in Dietetics from Ball State University. She has worked with individuals on weight loss, weight gain, behavioral life changes (binge eating, emotional eating, anorexia, bulimia), and physical life changes (pregnancy/breastfeeding mothers, infants & children). Amanda is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Eating Disorder Task Force of Indiana, and a member of JumpIN (central Indiana childhood obesity initiative).
Tom Plummer, a fitness industry consultant, sums up our approach well:
“Simply put, people do not just want a membership to a gym. They want a solution to a problem.”
At Motion 4 Life Fitness, we take the guesswork out of fitness and work with you to achieve your desired results.