By Janee Law
After serving as a personal trainer and nutritionist for more than 20 years, George Baselice is stressing that health and fitness doesn’t grow old with age by introducing the “Senior Sneakers” program, a fitness plan that helps strengthen the foundation for local senior citizens.
“I felt the effects of aging and my clients have been with me a long time so the whole base is getting older,” Baselice, 58, of Melville, said. “We have to change certain things and that’s when I started to develop this program.”
Working out of a private studio of his home called World’s Best Trainer, Baselice’s training program is individualized and focuses on the different needs of each client.
He added that he does an evaluation first “to find out their limitations and their strengths and weaknesses and then we go from there.”
Baselice said that the purpose of the program is to improve the quality of life for his clients.
“I always make it a point to tell them, we don’t stop moving because we get old, we get old because we stop moving,” Baselice said. “That’s an important fact to get across to some people and once they get it, they have to change their mind before the body is going to change.”
With a mix of exercises that keep them active, Baselice has his clients working on endurance, strengthening, stretching and balance. Depending on the client's’ abilities, workouts can include walking, swimming, free weights, cables, medicine balls and balance beams.
These exercises can help tighten various parts of the body, correct posture, help prevent or control osteoporosis and stretch away aches and pains, he said.
After a session with Baselice, he also goes over healthy foods clients should be eating that can assist in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and more. He emphasizes the importance of protein, carbohydrates and fats in nutrition, along with the necessity of vitamins and minerals for better health.
It’s all about longevity, a piece of mind, happiness and fun, Baselice said. He added that clients are going to “feel better, look better and perform better.”
Baselice got his first certification in 1996 and is an instructor for The Academy of Applied Personal Training Education through Hofstra University. His other certifications include the International Sports Sciences Association, the American Council on Exercise, American Fitness Professionals & Associates, post-rehabilitative exercise programming, and strength coaching theory by Charles Poliquin.
He has published several fitness books, such as “Bowflexercise” and “The Turning Point,” a 12-week exercise and nutrition process, which transformed his wife, Carmela, into a fitness model at the age of 46 and won him the Grand Championship of the Met-Rx World’s Best Personal Trainer Contest.
Baselice said he loves that his work can help put a smile on people’s faces.
“When they go to the doctor and they come back saying ‘my blood pressure hasn’t been this low for 10 years,’ things like that really make a difference,” Baselice said. “To help improve the quality of life for someone is really touching.”
For more information on the Senior Sneakers program, or to sign up, visit Worldsbesttrainer.com.