What do my certifications mean?  As per their perspective websites…

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCS's consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate. To be eligible to take the CSCS examination, candidates must hold a bachelor's degree or currently be enrolled as a college senior from an institution that is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations.

The ACSM Certified Exercise PhysiologistSM (EP-C) is a health fitness professional with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in exercise science. The individual performs pre-participation health screenings, conducts physical fitness assessments, interprets results, develops exercise prescriptions, and applies behavioral and motivational strategies to apparently healthy individuals and individuals with medically controlled diseases and health conditions to support clients in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors. Academic preparation for an EP-C also includes fitness management, administration, and supervision.

Individuals with this certification are typically employed or self-employed in commercial, community, studio, corporate, university, and hospital settings. They take personal training to an advanced level by working with individuals with medically controlled diseases, and have mastered the necessary skills to perform pre-exercise health risk assessments and conduct physical fitness assessments. They may also focus on other health tasks to support clients in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.

The ACE® Personal Trainer Certification (CPT) is designed for fitness trainers providing one-on-one or small-group fitness instruction.

Upon successful completion of the ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist (CMES) Exam, you will have demonstrated the ability to apply your knowledge of:

   * Psychological aspects of working with clients with health challenges
   * Biomechanical and physiological impact of many diseases, disorders and ailments
   * Exercise programming and progression related to:
         * Major cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases and disorders
         * Metabolic diseases and disorders
         * Musculoskeletal disorders
         * Older adults, youth, and pre-and post-natal clients.

Certified Ageless Grace Educator 
This certification goes into depth about the primary and secondary benefits of each tool, how they are practiced, music suggestions for practice and creation of playlists, safety and precautions, PR and marketing skills, types of places hiring Ageless Grace Educators and ways to approach them, basic anatomy, how to organize a class format, and a wide-variety of ideas on how to teach these spontaneous in-the-moment tools that are sparked by imagination and creativity, memory and recall, kinesthetic learning, analytical thinking and strategic planning. Ageless Grace consists of 21 Simple Tools of Lifelong Comfort and Ease – activating all 5 areas of the brain and all addressing 21 primary “aging factors” of the body. It is based on the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity, with practice sets (or tools) that are designed to re-open the neural pathways created from the time we were born until we were about 18 years of age…. and the tools create NEW neural pathways by practicing physical and mental skills we do not already know how to execute.


Functional Aging Specialist The FAI Functional Aging Specialist is the complete certification program for the serious fitness professional who is ready to become an expert in functional aging and training of older adults. You will receive in-depth training on functional training strategies and movements; how to conduct meaningful assessments of function; how to create and develop effective exercise programs; and critical skills to be an effective professional with this client base.


Tai Chi for Rehabilitation ​​Almost anyone can learn this program to help recovery from conditions including stroke, heart disease, injury, surgical procedures or tiredness and stress. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation will improve health and wellness after recovery. https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org


Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
      - National Strength and Conditioning Association

Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C); Certificate of Enhanced Qualifications for Exercise & the Older Adult 
      - American College of Sports Medicine

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT); Certified Medical Exercise Specialist (CMES)
      - American Council on Exercise

Certified Ageless Grace Educator
     - Ageless Grace 

Functional Aging Specialist (FAS)
     - Functional Aging Institute

Elite Personal Fitness Trainer 
      - IDEA Health & Fitness Association

Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant 
      - Florida

CPR, First Aid and AED Certified

Assorted pictures from several IDEA conferences.

Shari in the community professionally and personally.

Public Speaking Events

I offer an ongoing seminars affiliated with Vyne Education (previously Cross Country Education) providing continued education credits for allied health and fitness professionals titled "Comprehensive Approach to Aging Confidently".  CEU's Awarded for OT/OTA; PT/PTA; ACE; ACSM; CSCS; NATA; and other health care professionals. 

Please visit their website for a location near you

IDEA 2017 Personal Trainer Institute East and West February 24-26; Bethesda MD ~ March 31-April 2; Seattle WA

     "Budget-Friendly Tips for Creative Trainers" (East only)

     "Osteoporosis, It's NOT Just an Old-Lady Disease!"

     "Posture and Core for Aging Successfully—Basics and Beyond"

IDEA 2016 Personal Trainer Institute East and West February 25-28; Alexandria VA  ~ April 14-17; Seattle WA
     "Posture and Core for the Aging Spine"
     "Aging Confidently"

IDEA 2015 World Fitness Convention July 15-19; Los Angeles CA.
     "I’ve Fallen, Now What"
     "Posture and Core for the Aging Spine"

IDEA 2014 Personal Trainer Institute East Feb 27-March 2; Alexandria VA 
     "Functional Posture and Core Exercises for the Aging Spine"
     "I've Fallen Now What!".

IDEA 2013 Personal Trainer Institute East held in Alexandria, VA February 28-March 3; AND West held in Seattle, WA May 3-5. 

     "Functional Posture and Core Exercises for the Aging Spine"

     ** "I've Fallen Now What!"

** Session was recorded for home CEU.

HomeCEUConnection.com Rehab Rally Conference and Expo held in Rosemont, IL August 23-26 2012
     "Functional Strength Training for the Aging Spine". I was also part of their Virtual Rally, same weekend.

IDEA Personal Trainer Institute held in Alexandria, VA February 17-20, 2011. 
     "Abdominal and Core for the Aging Spine"
     "Practical Approach to Posture Re-Education".

IDEA World Fitness Convention held in Los Angeles, CA August 4-8, 2010.  
     ** "Abdominal and Core for the Aging Spine"
     ** "Practical Approach to Posture Re-Education"
     "Coordinated Movements for Aging Adults"

** Sessions were videoed for home CEU.

IDEA Fitness Fusion Conference held in Rosemont, IL April 23-26, 2009. 
     "Postural Re-Education for Older Adults" 
     "Coordinated Movements for Aging Adults"

Club Industry 2008 held in Chicago October 16-18, 2008. 
     "Abdominal and Core Exercises for the Aging Population" 

In 2014, Shari resumed to her passion of running. While unable to "run", she enjoys walk/jog events. Shari celebrates finish lines, not finish times. 

Shari Kalkstein


University of Texas at Arlington (Graduated under name Shari Klahr) - Arlington, Texas 
      Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Studies - May 1993

Broward Community College (Graduated under name Shari Rutner) - Davie, Florida 
      Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant - April 1990 
      Associate of Science in General Education - December 1989 
            Member of Phi Theta Kappa - Honors Fraternity

University of South Florida (Graduated under name Shari Rutner) - Tampa, Florida 
      Associates of Arts - August 1988
      Sigma Alpha Iota - Music Fraternity


I started my career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, after a life-altering automobile accident. I withdrew from college, rehabbed for long time before starting down a new path. I have been working in the fitness industry since graduating with my Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Studies in 1993. My personal training business was built by hosting numerous community lectures and workshops and just being involved in the community. I pride myself on my personalized, hands-on approach to working with my clients. Watching improvements over time is an amazing feeling; to know I am making a difference in someone's life is truly rewarding.

Fortify Your Frame class was originally created out of frustration and concern for individuals with chronic back pain and other medical concerns. Many doctors tell their patients to exercise, but offer no direction in the "what type" and "how to" exercise. Rightfully so, as many physicians are not exercise specialists and may not have, or know the correct answers.  I have your answers. I am your exercise expert.  Fortify Your Frame is your exercise option. The philosophy is simple, stability before mobility - start with success and progress from there.


Fortify Your Frame