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Uniquely Focused on Older Adults

Balance & Beyond is a unique in-home balance, stability and strength exercise program for older adults. Our program is designed to improve balance, joint stabilization, coordination and overall kinesthetic awareness. Balance & Beyond aims to improve long-term functional fitness to help individuals live an active, long, high-quality life.

The concept of Balance & Beyond was developed by Leslie Folkes, a certified personal trainer, and inspired by many years of working with older adults in her personal training studio. In her experience, Leslie has helped many individuals who have initially been a bit afraid of the term “personal trainer”, to go from living heavily sedentary lives to gradually improving their balance and overall fitness, allowing them to be more active and fully enjoy their lives.

Leslie founded Balance & Beyond in 2017 with her partner and friend Jodi Hill, who met Leslie when she became a personal training client. Jodi sought out Leslie when she realized that her own fitness was no longer a matter of just looking great, but also a way to stay active and fit as long as possible. Jodi also has a passion for health and fitness, so it was a match made in the gym!

More about Leslie

Leslie Folkes is an adjunct faculty member of Kinesiology at Ventura Community College in Ventura, California, where she has taught for over 30 years. She has 35 years of fitness industry experience, including direct sales experience for some of the most innovative and iconic products in the fitness industry, including StairMaster, Cross Aerobic and the RealRyder® Indoor Cycle. She has managed health and fitness programming for the United States Military, has implemented and managed corporate fitness programs and has operated her own personal training business. As a health and fitness professional, she believes in lifestyle balance and takes pride in motivating others to achieve their personal wellness goals. Leslie received her B.A. in Physical Education and Certification in Exercise Science at California State University, Chico. She completed her graduate work in Exercise Physiology at California State University, Northridge. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine
(NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

More about Jodi

Jodi is currently Director of Marketing for the Pepperdine University School of Law and an adjunct faculty member at California Lutheran University in the MBA program. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communications within the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer healthcare, packaged goods and non-profit industries. Jodi has developed and executed national and global marketing and public relations programs targeting consumers, the medical and healthcare community and business to business audiences. She holds a BA degree in Journalism/Advertising from California State University in Fresno and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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