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Sarasota fitness programs for seniors

by Roger Pettingell

Senior citizen health and fitness programs

SilverSneakers program included with many of the Medicare Plans

Anytime Fitness in Sarasota is open to the SilverSneakers program
Anytime Fitness - Broadway Promenade Plaza in downtown Sarasota serving SilverSneakers

In February I wrote about the programs on Longboat Key that help seniors stay healthy in their body and their mind. Centers at Bayfront Park, in the Centre Shops and Temple Beth Israel provide a healthy dose of yoga, Pilates, Zumba and stretching activities. They also introduce Asian techniques such as Tai Chi, Qigong and Nia. Throw in some meditation classes and you have a well-rounded support structure.

Although the median age in Sarasota is nearly 25 years younger, senior citizens still have a wide range of programs for that demographic age group. The SilverSneakers program is designed for those over the age of 65 and included with many of the Medicare Plans. It includes a network of over 16,000 fitness locations in the United States. There are several locations near downtown and off Fruitville Road to choose from.

In the Burns Court area there is the Senior Friendship Center that is listed as a SilverSneakers program facility. By the Publix near 10th Street and Tamiami Trail is Anytime Fitness and down by Bahia Vista Street on Tamiami Trail is Elite Health. There are a couple Sarasota Crunch Fitness, LA Fitness and Youfit centers in the program.

Eleven classes are taught through the SilverSneakers to build the mind, mobility and cardiovascular system. The Classic builds muscle mobility, Circuit concentrates on low-impact upper-body strength and the Cardiofit uses aerobics to maintain a healthy body. Two water programs, Splash and Water in Motion burn calories and are safe for those with no swimming ability. Muscle, Stability, Mind, Flex and Movement complete the series. Guests can choose one or all, contact your center for times and availability. Check the SilverSneakers website for program eligibility, locations and registration.

The two YMCA centers are membership sites that offer a series of programs for senior adults. The Frank G. Berlin, Sr. YMCA on Euclid Avenue and the Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA on Potter Park Drive are open seven days a week, including limited times on holidays. Although there are many programs for children, upcoming classes feature Arthur Murray Dance Lessons, dance parties and adult tap. Social interactive programs of Mah Jong card games are also provided. There is Medicare Insurance Counseling sessions by reservations at the Sadlier Jones center.

Most of the 55+, assisted living and nursing homes have programs geared for healthy, active seniors. Well trained staff members assist in group exercises while some also have fitness centers where individuals can direct their own sessions.

Personal trainers are very active for seniors in Sarasota. Knowing the certification training programs designed specifically for seniors is helpful when making your selection. American Senior Fitness Association (SFA/ASFA) has been certifying personal trainers since 1992 through its Senior Personal Trainer (SPT) certification. The American Sports Fitness Association (ASFA) offers a Senior Fitness Instruction Certification (SFIC) program for professional trainers. Continuing education, study support and fitness resources are available to personal trainers certified as an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS), accredited through the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). If you have a specific ailment you may be able to find a trainer specialized in its recovery.

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UIPM Modern Pentathlon

by Roger Pettingell

World class athletes from 28 countries

Final Modern Pentathlon qualifier for the 2016 Olympics

Equestrian events at the 2015 Modern Pentathlon
Equestrian jumping events at the 2015 Modern Pentathlon #1 last February in Sarasota

On Thursday Sarasota will once again become the center stage for competing world class athletes. On that day the 72 participants from 28 nations will open the ceremonies for the 2016 pentathlon World Cup Finals, four days of competition in fencing, swimming, horse riding, running and pistol shooting. This is their last stop before the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Greek Olympic games introduced the pentathlon in 708 BC and consisted of a series of running the length of the stadium, jumping, throwing a spear, throwing the discus and wrestling. The pentathlon resurfaced in the 1912 Olympics with its current series of five events. In that first year a young George S. Patton finished fifth. He later went on to become one of the most decorated generals in United States history while serving in both WWI and WWII. The governing body for the modern pentathlon is the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) with its headquarters in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The festivities begin Thursday with the opening ceremony on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art. When the doors open at 5:30 expect a flurry of special guests and pentathletes among all the fanfare of an opening ceremony. Performances of the Players Flash Tappers along with the Manatee High School Choir and Band will highlight the musical extravaganza for the evening.

Fencing: The opening ceremony follows the early morning start of 8 a.m. that day at one of the two competition venues, the YMCA at Potter Park in Sarasota. The women compete in a round robin tournament in bouts of one-minute each where a single hit of the épée sword will determine the winner. If neither record a hit both actually are scored with a loss. The men compete with the same rules, beginning their tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday. The objective is to accumulate points from each competition, points are awarded based on a formula associated with each discipline.

The competition shifts to the second of the two venues, the 600-acre Nathan Benderson Park near the Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota. This community park is suited for these competitions and also features a 2,000 meter International Federation of Rowing Associations Congress Class A training center on its 400-acre lake. The 2017 World Rowing Championships will be held there in the early fall. But on this Saturday the women complete their final day of the pentathlon here starting at 12:30 p.m. with the final fencing bonus round.

The men have their final fencing bonus round at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park, before they return to the YMCA at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday for the final fencing round, then back to NBP on Sunday for their final bonus round at 1 p.m.

Swimming: On Friday a 200 meter freestyle set of heats will begin for the women at 10 a.m. in the 50 meter outdoor competition pool at the YMCA Selby Aquatic Center. Swimmers who finish under 2:30 will receive the maximum of 1,000 points in these events. The men compete in swimming the following day at 10 a.m., their final is Sunday at 9 a.m.

Equestrian jumping: All other events take place at NBP, with the women on Friday at 2 p.m. who begin their completion in the equestrian jumping events. Athletes participate on horses selected at random by the judges. They each receive 20 minutes to learn their horses and can earn up to 1,200 points by jumping over 120 centimeter hurdles on a 350-450 meter course. The course also requires these horses and riders to jump over 12 obstacles with 15 jumps total. The men compete in the final equestrian jumping contest on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2:45 p.m.

Running and shooting: The last competition in the pentathlon is a combination of running and laser pistol shooting. The athletes start with a 25 meter run, then compete in laser pistol shooting which consists of a series of four sequences of five targets each, with a run of 800 meters between each of the sequences. Athletes compete in a relay with teams of two or three and can accumulate up to 2,000 for the combined event. The women’s final combined run and shoot is at 4 p.m. on Saturday, completing their competition in the pentathlon. The men compete at 4 p.m. on Saturday, with their last competition on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

There are many other events that coincide with the pentathlon at both venues. The awards ceremony for the women takes place at 4:30 p.m. following their full day of competition on Friday, while the men have two awards ceremony with the first on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and the second on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Pentathlon Village at NBP is open from noon to 4 p.m. each day. It is included in the your ticket price to the competition and features exhibits and performances by the Garbage Men or Jazz Quintet. You can receive up to two free tickets by donating books at either venue. Donated books will go to the Ashton Elementary School and Booker Elementary School.

A free athlete welcome party will be held Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Evie’s Tavern in Sarasota, in cooperation with Gold Coast Eagle Distributors. The closing ceremonies is to include the marching band and choir from Manatee High School A parade of flags and Cirque Sarasota will be held Sunday after all events have completed at 6:30 p.m. in NBP.

It was reported that the pentathlon event in Sarasota last February had a $5.7 million impact on the local economy, with over 13,500 guests attending. Sarasota continues to provide world class events in sports and the arts. The real estate market thrives. Last week we listed three new properties for sale, a wonderful Brid Key estate on the water and two residences on Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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