Group Fitness

group_trainingThe professional staff at Folsom Physical Therapy (FPT) has developed a system of training for people of all ages, fitness levels, pathologies and athletic backgrounds, applied in either one-on-one or group training sessions. Current patients are encouraged to exercise at the clinic in between treatment sessions. Those who no longer require physical therapy are encouraged to attend our cost-effective group training sessions, informally known as “Back Class” by its regular participants. The Folsom Physical Therapy community fosters maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and life-long management of health problems through regular, appropriately graded, non-generic exercise.

What’s so special about FPT’s style of group exercise?

web1A thorough understanding of exercise physiology and the effects of pathology and aging has led to a creative use of basic equipment (such as balance boards, bubbles, etc.). Of equal importance, isolation of specific muscle groups, manual facilitation, combination of cardio with strengthening, balance and coordination and flexibility have been incorporated into functional applications and scenarios (simulation of taking the turkey out of the oven and raking leaves).


Who should exercise in this group setting?

kocus11As the benefits of consistent exercise are well known, anyone whose objective is to increase fitness, reduce pain, build strength, improve function, lose weight and/or focus on trunk stabilization without aggravating a past or present pathology is a candidate for our Group Training classes. In short, our classes are a fit for anyone who is motivated to enhance or maintain quality of life and function, but are particularly valuable for those who have some pathology that prevents participation in exercise classes in a public gym.

What is the time commitment for Group Training classes?

Our classes are conducted on varying daily schedules, Monday through Friday. Bigger picture: the optimum scenario includes a long-term commitment to exercise and training because concrete and substantial improvements are seen over time. It is less cost-effective and less constructive to be present for classes infrequently or irregularly. One of the traits setting FPT apart is its methodology and exercise system that makes this long-term commitment nearly effortless.

Why exercise in a group setting?

kocus8“I never would have accomplished so much without the incentive of this group pulling me along”, is the typical response to this question. The momentum of an exercise-compatible group, spirit of camaraderie, healthy competition and enthusiastic humor all contribute to adherence to an exercise or training regimen.


How do I sign up for group training classes?

For your safety, participation in FPT’s group training classes is preceded by a physical therapy evaluation to determine ability, level of fitness and appropriateness for exercise. Anyone may request such an evaluation, even if not a current patient with FPT. It may be recommended to complete the Level 1A class, which is a one-session introduction to group exercise. Level 1A serves as an orientation to training principles and FPT’s exercise philosophy. Current or transitioning FPT patients need not be re-evaluated, but should be guided into the appropriate class by their physical therapist.