Fitness That Fits Your Lifestyle at Friendship Village

Fitness That Fits Your Lifestyle at Friendship Village

Today’s discerning seniors, like yourself, want to ensure physical activity stays a vital part of their lifestyle. Our state-of-the-art Fitness and Aquatic Center answers that call.

Our 8,000 square foot Fitness and Aquatic Center was developed with the assistance of the National Institute for Fitness and Sports for the specific purpose of meeting the diverse fitness needs of seniors. The Center features a full-time, certified manager/trainer who will work with you to create a fitness plan tailored to your individual needs and fitness level. Classes and evaluations offered are specific to the NIFS Active Aging Services and are designed for older adults.

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Senior Fitness Tailored to Your Needs

As part of our Living Well at Friendship Village concept, we offer a comprehensive Health and Wellness Navigation program. Our Wellness Navigator will work with you to address your wellness needs, including your personal physical fitness. Our Wellness Navigator will guide you to all the fitness opportunities we have to offer, including the classes and programs at our Fitness and Aquatic Center.

I love the fitness classes at Friendship Village where the music lifts my spirits as well as my limbs and much more. There is joy in sharing and exercising with others. Thank you for making exercise so enjoyable and helping to keep ourselves healthy.

A. Markillie


It’s not hard to explain why there are so many smiling faces at the Fitness & Aquatic Center. Isn’t that where pain, sweat and sore muscles are born? Happily, not at our Fitness & Aquatic Center, where our manager, Alecia, holds court.
Contrary to the sweat shop image, many more residents at FVK are using the Fitness & Aquatic Center than ever before. It’s become a place where muscles and ligaments are being strengthened resulting in greater mobility and fewer falls. Exercise designed for your special needs can be prescribed by Alecia.

Appropriate exercise has the potential to do more for us than pills. It’s nature’s way of healing. I’ve experienced that myself. It’s fun too. Come join us.

E. Klein


I moved to Friendship Village regretting my ongoing dependence on a walker. After eight months of living here, having become a regular user of the fitness machines, attending stretch and strength group classes, and regularly walking our dog on the paved pathways surrounding the Village and its nearby woods, I’ve actually been able to ditch my walker and, though slowly, feel myself gaining additional strength.
I’ve also come to recognize the fitness program’s social function. The group classes connect me with an ever larger group of exercisers. We just like coming together, grabbing our weights, finding a chair, and chattering with our neighbors. I couldn’t ask for more!

K. Cummings


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Everything You Need to Stay Fit

At our Fitness and Aquatic Center, you’ll find everything you need to stay fit! Our Aquatic Center features a 16’ x 32’ variable depth warm, salt water pool, a sauna and locker rooms, and a spacious outdoor patio for relaxing or entertaining. Residents can look forward to daily water aerobics led by a certified instructor, lap swimming, lap walking, and free swim. In addition to all the benefits of the aquatic center, our full-time, certified manager/trainer will help ensure that you know how to operate all our professional grade fitness equipment, including:

  • Recumbent bicycles with easy, side-swivel seats
  • Resistance chairs with strengthening bands
  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Weights

Meet our Fitness Center Manager – Alecia Dennis

Growing up in Marshall, Michigan, Alecia graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Olivet College. Having worked in a senior living community in high school, Alecia knew that is where she wanted her career to focus. Alecia applied for the Fitness Center Manager position through Friendship Village’s partner organization, National Institute for Fitness and Sport+, and knew she found her perfect fit.

Her passion is to make fitness fun and accessible to everyone – any age, any fitness level. She has brought her own personal flair to all our classes in the Fitness and Aquatic Center, bringing participation to an all-time high.

About the National Institute for Fitness & Sport+

The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) is dedicated to enhancing human health, physical fitness and athletic performance through research, education and service for people of all ages and abilities. The NIFS mission is carried out through a variety of departments, including Athletic Performance, Corporate Fitness Management, Educational Services, Fitness Center and Youth Development. NIFS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.