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Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Fitness Manager is creating a resort-quality program

Chris Goldman, Ingleside at Rock Creek’s new Fitness Manager, aims to reshape the fitness center and programs into a five-star experience for the retirement community’s members. 

The community’s Fitness Center contains free weights and equipment and provides regular exercise classes. The fitness facilities also include an indoor heated pool, where members can swim and take aqua aerobics classes. 

“The classes we have now have a good following and give us a good platform to build on,” Goldman says. He intends to kick fitness activities and participation into high gear by expanding programs and overhauling the fitness center. 

Goldman, who joined IRC on Aug. 22, is already leading an aerobics, strength and balance class twice a week. Strength and conditioning classes and water aerobics are being taught by other instructors. 

Goldman has added twice-weekly tai chi classes and is looking to bring in yoga sessions as well. He’s also looking to develop an adaptive spinning class using steppers and arm bikes for people who aren’t able to use regular stationary bikes. He’s planning to add a balance program, start a memory fitness class and develop fitness activities for staff as well as residents. He also is working with individuals one-on-one to reach specific health goals. 

“We’re rearranging and changing the environment of the Fitness Center and doing some improvements to the pool,” he says, along with upgrading equipment. 

Goldman jumped at the chance to come to Ingleside at Rock Creek and create a brand-new, total fitness program. 

A Certified Athletic Trainer, Goldman worked with a wheelchair athletic program at a high school in St. Louis and the physical therapy department at a hospital after finishing college. He spent 10 years working with members of the U.S. House of Representatives in their Wellness Center, working his way up to Supervisory Health and Fitness Specialist, and then became program manager at the International Monetary Fund. 

The position at IRC “was a wonderful opportunity,” Goldman says. As the community’s first full-time Fitness Manager, he appreciated that the community’s leadership created the new position to provide more services for members. 

Goldman also appreciates Ingleside at Rock Creek’s commitment to wellness that emphasizes a healthy mind and spirit as well as a fit body. He plans to interface with the community’s dietitians and food service staff, physical therapists and attending physicians to develop total wellness regimes for the community’s members. 

 “We’ve talked about providing healthy snack alternatives in the Fitness Room and around the community,” he says. He also wants to establish a quench station in the Fitness Center with water infused with cucumbers and fruit. “Eventually, as we form this program, we will get people to come in and talk on health subjects.” 

The core of Goldman’s approach to fitness is simple: Move it or lose it. 

“We want to get everybody active,” he says. That’s Priority One. A lot of the people here come from sectors where they were juggling a lot of balls every day. They come here and get involved in this committee and that committee and forget to take care of themselves. I think we can all do a better job of being active.” 

Goldman believes it takes planning and accountability to keep people motivated to move and work exercise into their day. But the rewards are great: maintaining strength and mobility, and less likelihood of slips, trips and falls. 

While he acknowledges that you can’t force people to work out, “when you have a good-quality program, the word spreads. The more positives you have, the more likely people are to give it a shot.” 

“I’m a big believer in communication,” he continues. “I’m always open to suggestions, and no comment is unimportant.”






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