About the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Program

Senior Exercise DVD Programs Designed to Enhance Your Life

The Stronger Seniors Program focuses on improving the Body, Mind, and Spirit of senior citizens, those with limited mobility or recovering from injury or illness.

The Stronger Seniors consists of three programs:

Stretch and Strength

Our basic program to get you started. Includes stretching, chair aerobics, strength training, and balance.

The Stretch Program
Slow and gentle exercises designed to increase range of motion, flexibility, and mobility.
Focuses on Functional Fitness, that is, keeping you in shape to do all the things you do in daily life that we have come to take for granted- bending over to tie shoes or pick something up, reaching up for a teacup, etcetera.
The Stretch Program is 44 minutes long, but you can complete as much as you feel comfortable, and pick up the next time!

The Strength Program

Maintains Muscle Mass, Bone Density (to prevent osteoporosis and fractures), and Balance.

The Strength Program is 51 minutes in length, and includes a warm-up, 17 minutes of chair aerobics, and 22 minutes of strength exercises.

There is an eight minute segment at the end of the Strength Program where the participants stand, holding on to the back of the chair and do balance exercise.

Again, if you cannot do these standing exercises, do not feel badly.  The important thing is that you are doing something that will improve your overall quality of life.

Core Fitness

Concentrates on the core (the torso, lower back, and pelvic floor), the most important muscle groups because they support the spine and internal organs.


Modified for the chair, Stronger Seniors Chair Yoga increases flexibility and encourages proper breathing for deeper relaxation and greater sense of well-being.

Stronger Seniors teaches you how to live healthier, stronger and longer.

“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

Stronger Seniors® is a Continuing Education Program for the American Council on Exercise, The Aerobics & Fitness Association of America.
Stronger Seniors chair exercises for seniors will help you:

  • Become more flexible,
  • Give you a renewed sense of balance and well-being,
  • Develop your strength,
  • Enhance your ability to function in daily life.

All Chair Exercise DVD programs work together to improve your 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 your 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 your chair!

“Stronger Seniors is the best seniors fitness dvd program I’ve seen yet. We have ordered them for all of our new retirement communities.”

- Karen Smith – Fitness Development Director- Holiday Retirement

About Anne Burnell

Anne Pringle Burnell is the founder and creator of the Stronger Seniors® Workout Program as seen on Lifetime television, The History Channel, and CNN. She was a presenting instructor at the American Cancer Society Walk & Roll in Chicago for 2004 & 2005, and at the American Society of Aging/National Council on Aging Joint Conference 2007. Anne also developed the Peyow™ Aqua Pilates program which premiered at the Peninsula Spa.

Anne Pringle Burnell is a Certified instructor and faculty provider with the American Council on Exercise, the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America, and Stott™ Pilates.She is one of only 150 Instructor Trainers worldwide for Stott Pilates™ and is fully Certified on all apparatuses. Other certifications include: Nia Technique, Kickboxing, Cycling, Aquatics, Seniors, Pre & Postnatal exercise.

Anne has been a special guest instructor at resorts throughout the U.S. and Carribean, and a presenter at events including the American Cancer Society Walk & Roll, and the National Council on Aging/American Society of Aging conference.

She teaches at the Center for Older Adults, Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Peninsula Spa, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Elements in Motion, a Stott Pilates™ Certification Center.

Anne Burnell has been personally teaching Exercise for Seniors and the Elderly for over 15 years. She is a Continuing Education Provider for The American Council on Exercise (ACE), and a Faculty Presenter for the National Council on Aging.

Ms. Burnell created these proven senior exercise routines for older adults to use in the home or Senior Facility.

Regular Exercise can prevent over 50% of chronic illnesses suffered by those over the age of 65. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Programs

Stronger Seniors is committed to improving the overall well-being of seniors everywhere, keeping the senior community informed and inspired to live fuller, more active lives.

Stronger Seniors focuses on three aspects of the our being: the body, the mind and the spirit. While they all relate to each other, each is fed in different ways.

Cardio exercise is necessary for your heart, like jogging, walking, biking, swimming, etc., but it should not be the only type of exercise people do because of the repeated stress to the joints. The body, especially when it gets older, isn’t designed for repetitive stress on joints, so the person needs to shift HOW they approach their workouts as they get older.

For seniors, the shift should be towards exercises that maintain a healthy range of motion, with major emphasis on the stabilizers of the joints, strength and flexibility and movements in all planes of motion. Stronger Seniors workouts are designed with these principles.

The Stronger Seniors workouts are slower paced, allowing time to make the mind/body connection, and gentle on the joints for older adults, arthritis conditions, beginners or anybody recovering from surgery or various illnesses.

We are seeing a huge trend of injured athletes and folks in their 40’s and 50’s coming to Pilates & Yoga as they re-learn exercise either to avoid surgery or after surgery. Our newest DVDs, Pilates & Resistance Band and Yoga, are chair based, like our other video programs, which makes it easier for seniors who may not be able to get up and down from the floor easily.

What are the specific benefits of Stronger Seniors?

The Stronger Seniors workouts are designed as a balanced program. Used together, the DVDs provide a variety of routines with specific benefits. Exercisers should alternate the use of the DVDs for the best results.

Benefits include: Strength, balance, coordination, stamina, posture, agility, release of tension, range of motion, respiratory health, core strength, fall prevention, energy, well being, natural anti-depressant and better rest.

Stronger Seniors- Developed by Anne Burnell, Continuing Education Provider for the American Council on Exercise in Senior Exercise, Elderly Exercise, Exercise for Older Adults.

Sitting Exercise DVDs are often recommended for people with hip replacement or knee replacement.