“This is an intrinsic part of my life:” Seniors don’t let age keep them out of the gym

MILWAUKEE -- A new year has begun, and that means plenty have made new resolutions to get back in the gym and back in shape. If you’re in need of a little extra motivation -- let this be it! There's a group of, shall we say, veteran athletes at Elite Sports Club River Glen who refuse to let age slow them down.

“As you get a little bit older, your muscles do get a little bit weaker. Your balance fades a bit," said Craig Charlton, personal trainer.

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Craig Charlton

Craig Charlton

Charlton runs classes specifically tailored to seniors. He focuses on functional movements, and exercises that will help with day-to-day activities.

“We take a stability ball -- we put it up against a wall and they squat up and down -- and that will mimic and use the muscles that will help them get in and out of a seat," Charlton said.

87-year-old Joe Bonfiglio combines bicycling and other training with a water class that helps his arthritis.

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“If it wasn’t for my exercise, I’d probably put on a little more weight, and it keeps me going. I just love it," Charlton said.

70-year-old Lauren Charous was always a regular tennis player, but has added weight work as he’s gotten older.

“To me, this is an intrinsic part of my life," Charous said.

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For Charlton, working with his seniors has immediate perks.

“We play music of their generation -- which I tend to like anyways," Charlton said.

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It also has long-lasting rewards.

“Getting in and out of a seat is, again to you and me, is not a big deal, but to the senior, makes a huge difference -- and for me to be able to see that, and that’s what I do for a living, it’s fantastic -- so I love that part of it," Charlton said.

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It's an effort to help people who may be getting up there in years keep moving for years to come.