Welcome to Bone Makers

“Don’t deny, modify!” The bone lady says.

A local original and former special ed teacher and tennis player, creates the special education of exercise for Boomers and Seniors, BONE MAKER, PREVENTIVE MODIFIED EXERCISE AND WELLNESS PROGRAM for” imperfect bodies”.

Vicki Buckley, offers you the ability to participate in exercise thru modification, to preserve your joints and bones with BONE MAKERS. Originally named, Bone Walkers, a walking support group, this proved insufficient for overall body exercise. People were getting over use injuries in their knees, slouch walking and they were neglecting their upper body. After a few years of the walking group, Vicki decided to do more. She researched, consulted, got fitness certified and created Bone Walkers Plus, a modified overall exercise program. She taught Bonewalkersplus in Brevard for 6 yr. and was also known as the the Bone Lady of Brevard. This strategic modified exercise program has been further refined and rebranded into the joint-safe, graduated, muscle rotation, symmetric and musical wellness program that improves bones, balance, posture and  memory. There are bits of ballet, yoga, preventive post rehab, cross brain exercises and special education in Bone Makers.

Vicki has both a Masters in Special Education, learning disabilities and is a certified AFAA Group Fitness instructor, with a senior emphasis. AFAA(Aerobic and Fitness Association of America which subscribes to standards of the ACSM (American College Of Sport Medicine) has recently merged with NASM(National Academy of Sports Medicine).

Bone Makers is what Boomers or Seniors need to keep their muscles in every day working order plus you have your much needed socialization by attending class. Vicki says her “goal is to empower, educate and inspire people to live a healthier lifestyle. You can exercise almost anywhere.  Graduated exercise levels chosen for you in class, assure you that you are accepted where you are now, not 10 years ago. Students learn how to listen to their bodies and manage their aches and pain through rotational, symmetric exercise and stretches.  When you’ve got an old injury, that removes you from life now and then, you tend to drop out of life unsure how to reengage.  Bone makers is a bridge. It provides an affordable exercise plan and a place to go that provides a sense of normalcy and hope which is so very important to self esteem and commitment. “The social support and community where others know your name, helps you to honor and have patience with your own body.” This is not some loud pounding,  twisted on the floor,  group exercise class where no one checks on you. Classes are small and monitored. You are unique. Vicki has three levels of body modifications from beginner to advanced, with or without a chair.

Vicki is passionate about sparing others from falling thru the cracks in the health care system. After her knee surgery, she reports “after her physical therapy treatment was done, she bounced from group class to group class, getting re-injured right and left trying to copy the instructor. Finally she went back solo, to the gym. This was frustrating, more time consuming, lonely and depressing.”

In her frustration she thought, why shouldn’t more people have access to effective yet gentle strategic exercise to accommodate their shoulders, backs, knees and wrists?

Many after prescription treatment, whether it be a surgery, physical therapy or both are lob sided in their strength. This becomes a vicious cycle of potential injury unless they exercise strategically and commit. Thus BONE MAKERS was born.

Vicki used her own physical challenges, from over-use knee and shoulder injuries to inherited joint/spine/neck challenges, to personalize Bone Makers. This is her ministry.  She walks the walk and talks the talk. She is there with you.

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Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, subscribes to standards of the ACSM American College Of Sport Medicine