Katrina Wolf opened AgeWell Senior Fitness last year as an in-home personal training business for seniors. Wolf recently spoke to The News-Post about why she started her business and what exercises she offers.
What made you want to open a business for in-home training for seniors?
I am also a home health physical therapy assistant with a local home health agency. I saw a need for people that were discharged from physical therapy that would want to continue exercising, but they needed some guidance. I got my personal training certification through American College of Sports Medicine and I have a certification as a senior fitness specialist. I also have 20 years’ experience as a physical therapy assistant and 15 of those were in home care working with seniors.
What made you really want to get into the industry?
Just seeing a need that people wanted to continue to exercise. The biggest thing is that seniors slow down so much and that increases their risk of fall and increases their risk of being put in a nursing home or in home care. If they can stay active to begin with, you’ll see a decrease in a risk of falls.
Increased strength allows them to live their lives with less assistance, it allows them to do more for themselves and stay in their own homes.
Do you only serve Frederick County?
Just Frederick County for now.
Your service is not covered by insurance, so how much do your services usually cost?
It is an out-of-pocket expense. I usually do a 45-minute in-home session in the client’s home, and it’s $68 a session.
What are the typical exercises that you cover?
We work on resistance training for strength, endurance training and balance. For seniors, they definitely should have a balance component to their exercise program.
Do clients have to sign up for a membership?
No. Some people I see once a week, some people I see twice a week.
The 45-minute sessions seem to work better for a lot of my clients. But I’m flexible. I could do something different. It’s one-on-one personal training, it’s just me and them, and it is in their home.
What do you love about your job?
I love helping older people be safer in their own homes and be more independent.