Stretching and Mobility Chair Exercise

Monday, March 27 2023

Enjoy some stretching and mobility exercises in the chair on those days when you want or need gentler exercise. Sassy Senior Sitdown with Shelley Owens is a 30-minute chair program that includes seated & standing movement, along with exercises using a ball. Sometimes you can’t get in the pool and therefore Poolfit is committed to providing low-impact in-home workouts.

Rain, cold temperatures, health issues or a malfunctioning pool can all prevent you from enjoying your water exercise.  Sometimes you just need a recovery style workout that moves your joints and muscles in a gentle fashion.  For this reason, Poolfit is dedicated to expanding their in-home exercise videos so that you don’t have to miss a workout.  Given that most subscribers prefer water exercise because it is kinder on the joints, we strive to only post low or non-impact in-home workouts. 

Sassy Senior Sitdown is a 30-minute chair exercise program that includes the following segments.
Segment 1:  This segment serves as an extended warm-up to move the muscles and joints and features seated exercises for both upper and lower body.
Segment 2:  This segment features seated exercises with a lower body focus.
Segment 3:  The action in this segment takes place standing and behind the chair and includes lots more lower body exercises.
Segment 4:  Let’s play ball!  This segment features exercises using a standard “kick-ball sized” plastic ball. 
Segment 5:  The video concludes with a final stretch of all of the major muscle groups. 

Sassy Inspiration
The inspiration behind the Sassy Senior Sitdown program began during the Covid pandemic when people were quarantined and couldn’t go to the gym or thepool. Shelley teaches for her daughter, Sharlie Peterson’s Topeka-based business, Shockwave Aqua Fitness. Like many other fitness professionals during the pandemic, they filmed various in-home exercise videos as an alternative to attending live classes. As a substitute instructor for the Silver Sneakers chair-based fitness program, Shelley was comfortable with leading chair exercise sessions. 

Poolfit extends a big thank you to Shelley for sharing some of her favorite chair fitness exercises.  Watch a fun video of Shelley and Sharlie’s filming adventures in November 2022.


Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.