The Buffalo News
February 10, 2017 | By Scott Scanlon
Terry Campagna is among residents at Elderwood Village of Williamsville who gather twice a week to take exercise classes. They used resistance bands, foam noodles and small balls to go through a series of movements on a recent Wednesday to songs that included “Love Potion No. 9,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Love Me Do.”
“It’s good for me and I enjoy it,” said Campagna, 88, a retired Erie County Medical Center nurse.
“If you don’t use it, you lose it,” group fitness instructor Jill Bronsky told Campagna and her classmates as she worked right along with them during the hourlong class.
Bronsky, 53, of Amherst, is a pioneer in Western New York senior fitness. She shifted into the field nearly two decades ago, when her kids were little and she’d already launched a business, Kidsmotion, and Fun n Fit in a Bucket, a kit for parents to help preschool-aged children develop kicking, throwing, catching and other basic movement skills. She worked as a wellness director for a physical therapist at the time she discovered she enjoyed working with elders.
That discovery spawned Forward Fitness Inc., which specializes in group fitness classes and in-home personal training for those aged 50 to past 100.
“The balance factor is huge. So many kids are quick to get their parents a walker, a cane, but nobody wants to give them fitness instruction,” said Bronsky, who holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation fitness from SUNY Brockport State and a master’s in physical education from Canisius College. She also is a Functional Aging Institute certified trainer.