What Is Chair Exercise?

Chair exercises, or seated exercises,  are regular, standing routines that have been modified for the chair. Exercises are modified not only in position, but also tempo and degree of intensity. They are designed specifically for seniors, and those with mobility challenges, chronic illness, or are recovering from surgery.

A sturdy, straight-back chair with no arms is recommended that - never a folding chair. This is mainly for safety, but also support. Why no arms? Exercise involves movement, and we don't want to be banging our elbows and forearms in an effort to achieve better health.

Chair exercise typically includes routines for stretching, strength training, cardiovascular health, core strength, and balance.

Stretching exercises that benefit mobility, flexibility, and range of motion. Theses are stretching exercises.  



The Stronger Seniors® Workout Program complies with the exercise guidelines for older adults from the American Council on Exercise.

Benefits of the Stronger Seniors® Workout Program:

  •    Become more flexible
  •    Get a renewed sense of balance and well-being
  •    Develop strength
  •    Enhance their ability to function in daily life

 All of our Chair Exercise DVD programs work together to improve seniors’ ability to be stable and balanced, to stay mobile, to go up and down stairs, to squat and pick something up, and to play with their grandchildren!

Together, the Stronger Seniors® chair exercise DVDs have a balanced program of exercises for the whole body. Strength, flexibility, endurance and balance … all while sitting in the chair!


The 2-disc program, Stretch & Strength, focuses on range of motion, flexibility, aerobic activity, strength training, and balance. The two programs are designed to do in alternate sessions, and are a wonderful all-around workout for seniors and those with limited mobility or chronic illness.


“The Stronger Seniors Program encourages the exercisers to go slow, but to keep going. Just the right balance of activity and rest. The program helps seniors looking to improve their stamina, strength and balance.”

- Kathleen M. Perry RN PhD Gerontology Nurse Specialist


Two Pilates-based programs, Core Strength and Core Fitness were created to strengthen the abdominals, lower back, and pelvic floor. A strong core increases stability and balance.

Core Strength utilizes a resistance band to increase upper and lower body strength. 

“I represent a group of 25 to 35 senior women who meet twice a week to exercise to your videos. All agree that these videos have made a huge improvement in their overall health.  Some have even reported their doctors have seen improvements in their test results.”                                                                                                                                      Nancy Miller, 1st Presbyterian Church, Loudonville, OH



No getting down on the floor, no 'pretzel' poses in Chair Yoga . Just   increased   flexibility, mobility, and relaxation. If you have heard how wonderful Yoga is, but always thought it was too difficult, now is your time to experience this amazing age-old practice.


    From a yoga instructor...
"I cannot begin to tell you of how much I love your Yoga for Seniors DVD.  I am a certified Yoga instructor and have been instructing the more mature adult ( no one under 65 ) at a retirement facility. These women are in wheelchairs and on walkers with other issues as well, however, they have determination to improve their health and flexibility, as best as they can.  
Thank you! God Bless! Namaste!" --Mallory Patton, Wisconsin

The High Intensity Interval Training Program is designed especially for seniors to improve their heart health, strength, metabolism, and overall well-being. The exercises can be done seated in a chair or standing and are appropriate for seniors and the mobility challenged.

We want to challenge you whatever your fitness level, so the intervals are self-paced.


 From a personal trainer at the IAFC conference in May 2017...  

"Great upbeat way to end my full day at the conference. These exercises are super- exactly what and how I need to teach at my seniors center and church classes."



Balance and Posture also stresses the core, and the importance of posture in overall health and balance. The video is separated into two separate routines- first Balance, then Posture. The Balance exercises emphasize strength and flexibility in the hips, legs, and ankles. Plus, you'll practice your footwork with some simple dance steps as well as the coordination of your brain and your feet.

In the Posture section, Anne shows how important having a strong, straight spine is in maintaining your ability to move without the fear of falling. She will take you through some simple exercises that will strengthen your lower back and lengthen your spine.


 "Good DVD to follow. Anne talks slowly and her DVD is easy to follow. I have lost 99 lbs. over the last 12 yrs. 81 of those lbs. over the last 2 years. I have all her DVD's and enjoy them all. I have bad knees and I know my limits."
                                                                 Thanks Anne, Joyce M.


The seniors Anne teaches every week absolutely LOVE these Light-Weight Toning Balls. The 1-pound balls are fun to exercise with, and we will not only build our strength, but the balls help with hand-eye coordination and hand strength and flexibility.

A great way to add variety to your regular exercise routines, the weighted balls are used to increase strength and reduce muscle degeneration in your arms, shoulders, abdominals, back and legs. A wonderful workout for the entire body.










Anne Pringle Burnell created and developed the  Stronger Seniors™ Workout Program for older adults and people with disabilities, injuries, or chronic conditions.  Anne is a national presenter at conferences including IAFC, ATRI, National Council on Aging. She authored several articles and created the Peyow Aqua Pilates and Stronger Seniors programs.  She holds certifications including ATRIC, CAFS, AI Chi, and is an education provider for AEA, AF, ATRI, ACE, AFAA/NASM, AquaStretch, and an Instructor Trainer for Stott Pilates, Merrithew Health & Fitness. She teaches in Chicago at Galter Life Center, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Peninsula Hotel Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago and private clients at her Pilates studio.

Stronger Seniors® is a Continuing Education Program for Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, and The Aquatic Exercise Association. Online education center will be launched in 2018, including video content, handouts, and choreography for instructors.              

For Education and Video Sales information, please contact Jeff Patterson at 800-471-2637.