This is a great workout. When you are diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, most of what you can do about it is out of your control. Many patients probably feel suddenly helpless and weak since they now realize that their bones might break without warning. The drugs prescribed also have some daunting side effects. However, exercising at home IS something you can actually do to get stronger, and this workout is a really good one. It's hard work--you'll sweat!--but you can easily modify it, as Susie prompts, to a challenge level you feel capable of performing. I felt better literally the next day after trying this out the first time and have been working out with it twice a week ever since. You'll feel stronger and more capable again, and my balance improved immediately. As a plus (since even though we're in the AARP zone, we're not entirely without vanity), my clothes fit better.
This is the eagerly-awaited DVD version of Susie Hathaway's class in strength training for osteoporosis prevention. The DVD has all the content of Susie's class, including the valuable understanding of the scientific basis of what you're doing. I like Susie's training because it's based on scientific research, not ooga-booga, and because it's tailored especially to be safe for women over fifty who are at risk because of low bone density.
About three years ago, I fell and broke my wrist. Bone density tests showed I was on the brink of osteoporosis. Without realizing it, I had lost a lot of my strength over the years. I was tripping and often falling (which is how I broke my wrist), and suddenly I had a bleak vision of a future as an invalid. But I decided to do something, and that's when I heard about Susie's strength training class.
I enrolled, even though I'd never worked with weights before. One year into strength training, my bone density tests showed an improvement, and my strength had increased dramatically. I felt better than I'd felt in ages. I've now been doing Susie's program for over three years. Along with improved strength, which makes everything easier, my balance is so much better that I simply don't fall down any more. I'm physically stronger and more active than I was 15 years ago, and much more optimistic about my health and my future.
The women in Susie's classes have been begging her to put her program onto a DVD, and at last it's available. Now, when I can't make the class, I use the DVD. I get a great workout in my own home, with all the benefits of Susie's tips and pacing.
As an active and fit 64 year old, I scoffed at the thought of working out to a program designed for older people. However, I bought this dvd based on the reviews and my desire to prevent osteoporosis. I figured I could return it if it proved to be too easy. I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from Susie shortly after my purchase. She instructed me to contact her directly with NY questions or concerns regarding the workout. However, after going through the workout the first time, I found Susie's instructions to be clear and precise. Best of all, she does not use any annoying chatter. It was also clear that you can customize the exercises to make them as easy or as challenging as you want. It works the entire body and leaves you feeling energized and strong. I would recommend this program to anyone at any age and look forward to trying her resistance band dvd next.
This workout can be as easy or as challenging as you like depending upon the weights used. It is safe for older people. I believe it's targeted for people over 50, with an emphasis on safety. That's why the exercises go carefully. Its purpose is to build muscle strength, balance, and better neurological pathways between brain and muscle. You increase the intensity of the workout by increasing your weights, but it's not designed primarily to pump up your heart rate.
The introductory section of the DVD describes all the moves in detail and has useful information about improving strength and balance as we age.
The main workout (50 minutes) goes at a comfortable pace with an explanation accompanying each of the exercises so anyone at home can follow.
When an older female relative of mine broke her arm slipping on some ice I made a promise to myself that I would start a strength training program when I turned 30 to reduce my lifetime risk of osteoporosis. I wasn't sure where to begin so I bought a bunch of exercise DVDs and joined a gym. What I found was that going to the gym proved to be too much of an inconvenience. I hated commuting to and from the gym at the expense of spending time with my family. I hated waiting for other people to finish using the equipment I needed. I hated watching people further along in their fitness journey work out (envy on my part). I also didn't enjoy being watched (I felt self-conscious). Needless to say, I didn't keep going to the gym. I then tried a few exercise DVDs at home and in my out of shape state I just could not keep up with the programming. So I bought a nice treadmill and figured that walking regularly was better than doing nothing at all but I still felt I needed a strength training program. I bought dumbbells and tried lifting weights on my own. I ended up injuring my wrists and put the dumbbells in the attic. When I turned 34 I felt a renewed desire to start strength training, not just to build healthier bones but to build muscle that might help me to burn more fat when at rest so that I could lose some weight. I decided to give this DVD a try. I was remarkably surprised by Ms. Hathaway's gentle approach. I could do her workout on the first try (albeit it took a few run throughs before I felt I was using the proper form for the exercises - it's difficult to watch and exercise - you may want to just watch the routine the first time through to get the gist of it). She gave easy to follow directions on how to do each exercise, she didn't do so many reps that I felt too exhausted to continue, she emphasized the importance of stretching muscles after exerting them, she used exercises that engaged opposing muscle groups, and shared how the exercises could be modified if they were too difficult or too easy. I was so pleased with her approach and her demeanor! I really enjoy watching the DVD and following along. Using this DVD is a stress reducer for me as well because her breathing directions when exercising clear my mind. This is exactly the sort of strength training program I was looking for, I only wish I had started it sooner. I was initially drawn to the flashier DVDs that showed women my age on the cover (the ones that I couldn't do!), so this one gathered dust for quite some time before I used it. It is a far more sensible and sustainable exercise program that I now use twice a week in addition to daily brisk walks on my treadmill. I am noticeably stronger now and I've lost a modest amount of weight (while gaining muscle) so it's certainly been a win all around.
I really believe Ms. Hathaway is setting a good example for women my age. I want to be strong and independent as I get older and I can feel in my body that real change has occurred since I started using this DVD. I'm stronger and my balance has improved, along with my posture. I plan to continue using this program and would definitely recommend it to other young women who want to take charge of their bone health and overall well being.
After doing HAthaway's exercise program for over a year Dexa scan checks showed a huge improvement in my very advanced osteoporosis condition. My Doctor was amazed as I had not taken any of his drugs - his repsonse: "KEEP DOING THESE EXERCISES!". Highly recommended for the SAFEST, drug-free, way to keep or replace your bone density - the only side effects were increased over all well being, better digestion, better sleep, ability to enjoy life more because they made me feel so strong and good!
Just a quick testimonial on behalf of this DVD of Susie's. I have been diagnosed with borderline osteoporosis and I have been doing this workout for about 6 weeks now and tho 6 weeks isn't a very long time to begin seeing results, I think I saw some this weekend. While at my daughter's house, which has many steps in a three story house, I was going down stairs and missed the last step. I didn't fall but thinking I was on the floor already, it was quite a distance in steps! I landed with a lot of force on my left foot twisting it. I pass out easily with severe pain and this time was no exception! Ha! So as bad as I twisted it and as bad as it hurt, nothing is broken, only some swelling, soreness and bruising. I'm able to walk fine. I said all of this to say I contribute no broken bones and no worse injury to the few weeks that I have been doing her exercises. I feel like my bones were protected by stronger, healthier muscles surrounding them, protecting me from further injury due to only 6 short weeks of training. What motivation to continue this training even on days that I dread it! Thank you Susie for your DVDs and simple instructions to help ladies my age (63) and older to get stronger, healthier bones!
Bought this DVD in January. Have been doing it for about 5 weeks now. I absolutely love it! I feel stronger and more balanced already. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis of the hip and osteopenia of the spine in December. I was absolutely devastated. I am 62 years old with migraine associated with vertigo-and therefore, poor balance. I was afraid that with the osteoporosis diagnosis I was going to fall due to my vertigo and break something at any given moment. Now, with Susie's wonderful DVD exercise program, I already feel stronger and more in control. I am following her very valuable advice on how to bend, lift, etc. I do the balance exercises every day--and am seeing tremendous improvement in my balance already. I need all the help I can get in the balance department due to my vertigo issues. I am so loving the way I feel now. I am hopeful that with Susie's program I can at least stop or severely slow my bone loss. (Dare I hope to even increase my bone density?) I refuse to put osteoporosis drugs in my system due to many factors, and I am determined to naturally enhance my bones, or at least slow the loss. I take the appropriate supplements, walk 5 days a week (have for over 5 years now), and do Susie's DVD every 3 days as she recommends. I also try to eat appropriately, get enough rest, and take some stress reduction measures. I will get my next DEXA scan in two years, and I simply cannot wait to see my scores. I know that two years may not be enough time to show improvement, but to show a slowing or stopping of bone loss after two years would be great! I hope to be one of the lucky ones that can build some bone. I hope this for everyone out there. Get Susie's DVD, you will be glad you did. It will give you strength, balance, confidence and courage to tackle a scary diagnosis. I am so looking forward to Susie's next DVD's. Hoping they will be released soon!!!!!! Meanwhile, I'll see Susie in 3 days!
I really love Susie's DVDs, both the one that uses weights and the one that uses bands. I'm already pretty fit and active, but I was diagnosed with osteoporosis last year. I started looking around for exercise videos that would address the needs of women in my situation and found Susie's DVDs. I've tried a few DVDs made by others, but I keep coming back to hers because they are so comprehensive, easy to adapt to a range of fitness levels, and make sense to me. I make the workout fit my fitness level by using more weight and not taking breaks during a set, such as keeping my lifting leg going the whole time instead of briefly touching the floor. I plan on giving myself a year to work with these DVDs and then see what happens with a bone density test. I hope that she will be able to make more DVDS like these!
With a 30-year history fibromyalgia and ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), I started Susie's class only after hearing rave reviews of it from a number of people after we moved to where Susi teaches and lives. I talked to her beforehand about my long history of negative effects and injuries from other exercise programs, and her suggestions to do fewer repetitions of each exercise and stop anytime in the session that I feel I need to have allowed me to continue with her classes twice a week for 2 months without any negative effects. I sometimes use one pound weights with the exercises, but often just moving my limbs through the exercise is enough for me and avoids post-exercise worsening of symptoms. The other way that I modify her exercises is to NOT strive to to the maximum repetitions or weights that I'm capable of at the time. Anyway, I've noticed a steady increase in strength since two weeks into the program (4 sessions), and I'm also noticing that I'm sometimes able now to do the same number of repetitions that other people are doing (although with no weight or just 1 pound). Susie always does brief stretching with whatever muscle groups were exercised in the previous several forms, and I think this helps me not to set off muscle spasms. I highly recommend people with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue try her program (either with weights or bands) and decrease the length and intensity of each exercise and the biweekly sessions - it's really helped me gain strength more than anything I've found. Susi Tipping