Testimonials

Aging Boldly class at Bodyzone Fitness Center, Key West.

     "I just wanted to say thank you. You made a huge difference in my recovery from a back injury. I always felt as though you listened so respectfully to each person in class. You pushed each of us but never past our limitations. Your energy and enthusiasm was always infectious. I have since become stronger and stronger. I will always remember your classes fondly." 

Mauriah P., May 2019


     "I have been taking several classes per week with Dean Walters since the New Year. All of his classes combine fitness with fun and camaraderie. 

    He has developed quite a loyal following. His aging boldly classes became so popular two more classes per week had to be added. He has taken the time and care to know each of our issues; be it hip, knee, recovery surgery or injury offering us alternative positions so that we can complete the moves to the best of our own individual abilities. 

    During these months my strength, flexibility and balance have improved significantly. These issues are important to performing everyday tasks at 68 years of age. 

    I would highly recommend Dean as a Longevity Coach and Personal Trainer."

Donna H., RN, Apr 2019

  

   "I just wanted to express my gratitude for what you have done for me.  I arrived at your class at the end of January 2019 on a knee scooter.    You immediately asked me what happened, how it happened and the extent of my injury. I replied severely broken ankle, with 1 plate, 2 rods and 6 screws.   Your words to me were "You  will walk again."   Everyday you always asked how my ankle was doing and would show me a new exercise that would help with my healing process.   Like you said, I started walking at the end of February, at first with a big clunky boot and by mid March, I walked  in with both shoes on.   Since that day, you have continued to encourage me with each step of my recovery.

     You managed to make sure that each person got the most out of your class.   Sometimes you weren't easy on us, but you made exercise fun.  Your class was never boring and you always came up with inventive ideas.   We as class actually wanted to be there  and ended up being a small family.   You genuinely cared.

     You have helped me in so many ways.   I have become stronger, more confident and determined to be the best I can be.   Thank-you for everything you have done.  I'm walking because of you."    

Crystal P.,  Apr 2019


     "I was a personal training client of Dean’s for several months this year. He is the best trainer I’ve ever worked with. He pays attention to you, and is not distracted by people around him or by his phone. He pushed me to do things I would not  have thought I could do, but never pushed too far. He’s very concerned with correct form to maximize the exercise and to avoid injury. As an older woman I sure appreciate that. Because of his help I’m in much better shape, and was able to hang with my grandkids  better on a recent vacation!

     I’ve been attending Dean’s classes (Aging Boldly and Stretching Boldly) for the past couple of years, and have thoroughly enjoyed them. He works us hard, but makes it fun. He watches each individual in the class so he can make corrections and  nip any potential problems in the bud. His relationship skills are excellent, and each participant feels seen, heard and cared about by him.

     Although Dean is growing and going on to a new adventure, and we all wish him the best, he’s leaving a bunch of very sad people here in Key West. He will be very tough to replace!"

Susie T., Apr 2019


     "I’ve been going to classes with Dean since I arrived in Key West.  He’s the best!  I’m challenged, and I feel so good after a class.  He’s always watching and makes sure that I do the exercises correctly and safely.  I’ve been in several exercise classes focused on older adults and this is by far the best.  Thank you, Dean!"

Mary R., Apr 2019


   "Following the advice of my doctor (who told me that I  needed to step up my exercise routine) I decided to give your classes a try.  Even though I have only been a member since January I feel that I am on my way to being in excellent shape and my doctor agrees.  This is all because of you.  You are an incredible trainer who has encouraged me with your guidance, patience and sense of humor. I will miss you and I promise that I will try to keep my shoulders down."

Darlene H., Apr 2019


     "Dean Walters' Aging Boldly classes have been a game changer for me. My strength, endurance, flexibility and balance have all improved immensely since I've been in these classes which allow participants to work at their own individual levels.  

      My daily activities have become easier to do and I enjoy more freedom of movement now.  Six years ago several serious medical issues occurred in  short period of time resulting in four  major surgeries in eight months. Spinal surgery (disc and bone removal) followed by three months of mandatory  bed rest for healing, followed a few months later by a radical nephrectomy (removal of kidney) were just two of the operations that left me debilitated. 

      This is the first fitness program I tried that truly helped me get my life back on track at a pace that felt safe.  My quality of life has definitely improved. These classes are challenging, lively and fun. But most important, they are effective."  

Susan R., Mar 2019

  

     "Besides losing 2" in height, I wanted more energy, to feel better/happier, and  a consistent positive outlook. In addition, my last bone density test showed osteopenia progressing to osteoporosis. I wanted to proactively fight this by strengthening bones, muscles, and improve balance and do all possible to avoid serious back pain and lack of mobility. Thanks to Dean's classes, my goals are met and ongoing!

     In my early 60s, I was afraid to try an exercise class thinking I wouldn’t be able to keep up. Then I read about Dean Walters' Aging Boldly classes at the BodyZone Fitness gym. At first, the classes weren’t easy but they were do-able. Be warned, Dean fakes you out thinking ‘lounging abs’ is going to be easy! But you do what you can as you strengthen and improve. Today, these classes are still a great workout and I can now use heavier weights and complete all reps. Also enjoy his Butts & Guts class followed by the wonderful Stretching Boldly class which is such a treat!

     Today, I can see muscle tone improvement! One example of how these classes have helped...Last year I tried skating again. Comes back to you like riding a bike, right? Not! I was so shaky with less balance that my friends would not let me put the skates back on until I was fully padded from head to toe. After a year of Dean's classes, I skated with more strength, balance and stamina. It is so much fun!

      Dean makes the classes fun with his wit and humor, but is also very knowledgeable having his own history of the need for improved physical fitness.  He teaches us about the different muscles and bones, and assists with getting into the correct position to gain the most from each exercise.

I look forward to going to these classes. Some days if I don’t feel like going, I go anyway and afterwards I am so glad that I did! Just DO IT! " :-) 

Lisa C., May 2018


     "I restarted the Aging Boldly classes in mid October, going twice a week.  During Christmas week our family went skiing in Colorado and my husband and even the grandchildren noticed how much more stamina I had.  While not able to keep up with the 20-somethings I was able to hold my own at 74 years old! I certainly credit the improvement in my skiing and stamina to the classes.  Thank you Dean!"

Carolyn G., Apr 2018


     "Dean's classes are unique and wonderful. He is an excellent and  knowledgeable trainer, whose focus is to help those of us who are a little "long in the tooth" become our best and most fit selves. He monitors each class member to ensure that we are using proper form, and encourages us to work within our limitations, but not  to exceed them if there is a risk of any injury. I really like the fact that he's extremely nurturing and obviously cares deeply about each person in the class (proven by the fact that he checks up on us if we are not there). But the thing I like best is the fact that, although we work hard, we laugh throughout the classes! Dean uses humor to create an atmosphere where everyone has a great time while improving their health. I wish I would've found his classes before now!" 

Susie T., Mar 2018


"Dean's passion for life is at the core of how he is effective as a trainer and coach!"  Dale A., Mar 2018 


     "I  have learned so much amazing, age appropriate information from Dean  that I apply on a daily basis to improving my health and fitness. The  3X weekly, fast paced, moderately priced sessions have been by far the  best and most awesome fitness training experiences I have ever  participated in. There  is good reason for my satisfaction: Dean constantly updates his  exercises, research and insights into aging boldly – no session is a  duplicate of a previous session. Thank you Dean, you are simply the best."  

Dennis H., Mar 2018


     "I’ve been going to classes with Dean since I arrived in Key West.  He’s the best!  I’m challenged, and I feel so good after a class.  He’s always watching and makes sure that I do the exercises correctly and safely.  I’ve been in several exercise classes focused on older adults and this is by far the best.  Thank you, Dean!" 

Mary R., Feb 2018


     "The Aging Boldly classes have been transformative for me: I reached my 70th birthday without doing any regular exercise at all. I started Aging Boldly last year and have not missed a class since. I very much look forward to my three classes a week (plus Dean’s stretching class) and would miss them if I couldn’t go. The results are remarkable. I have gained in strength, agility and balance. An exercise that had me in pain and panting for breath a year ago is one I can do now, without pain, even when I use heavier weights. More important to me, I can now get up from the floor without help or something to lean on, which I couldn’t do until fairly recently. 

     Dean uses his extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and exercise to tailor and vary the exercises over time. His good humor and occasional bursts of song keep us all in good spirits.  If you have been thinking of exercising but are afraid to start, you should definitely come to an Aging Boldly class. If you do, I am sure you will become a regular."   

Steven W., Dec 2017 


"I think your class is fabulous."

 Elena S., Nov 2017