Leslie Folkes


About Leslie Folkes

“I’m going to date myself by revealing that I began my journey into the fitness industry as a 17year old “Aerobics Instructor” at a local health club during my summer breaks from college—Olivia Newton-John's “Physical” is embedded in my brain! My 35 years (Gulp!) in the fitness industry includes 5 years as the Civilian Director of Health & Fitness Programming at a US Military Base; 20 years as an equipment Sales Associate for two of the most innovative and iconic fitness products in the fitness & Wellness industry; Implemented and managed corporate fitness programs; and, all the while started a personal and small group training business in my garage. Now, 20+ years later that business is located next to my home in a converted barn called Balance & Beyond, where my clients have grown ageless with me. I'm especially proud to say that some of my clients have been exercising with me for over 20 years." 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), has a Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification with The BioMechanics Method, she is a Functional Aging Specialist and a RealRyder Certified Cycling Instructor. She has been teaching Kinesiology at Ventura Community College in California for 30+years.

Ageless Ryde | The benefits functional cycling has for you, your clients and your bottom line

Does exercising on an ordinary indoor stationary bike prepare and provide the confidence for seniors to enjoy an outdoor cycling experience? As we age, regular exercise can become more difficult and intimidating. Seniors find themselves at greater risk for a variety of exercise-related injuries. A stationary bike can be safely used for their aerobic conditioning component—it is easily adjusted and monitored to appropriately challenge their current metabolic conditioning level—but is riding on a stationary bike in a fixed, single plane direction, the most effective tool to use? Learn the 'how' and the 'why' behind the RealRyder® Bike's greatest benefits—lateral and rotational movements—which allow the bike to move with the rider, greatly reducing the lateral or vector forces on the body. This not only provides muscular, physiological, functional, and emotional benefits to the end-user but also provides an exhilarating mind-body experience while riding. The benefits of training in this 3-dimensional manner go far beyond your typical stationary cycle.


1. Learn the science behind the 3-dimensional cycling experience

2. Explore each phase of an Ageless Ryde—warm-up, stabilization/core, endurance, cardio and cool down—for all fitness levels

3. Create Senior Ageless Ryde programs that will transform your facility


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