Shari Kalkstein

Shari Kalkstein is the owner and president of Fortify Your Frame, Inc. Shari created a small class setting geared toward older adults with the emphasis on core and spinal stability. Shari is a certified personal trainer, an IDEA elite personal trainer and a licensed physical therapy assistant with over 20 years experience. Certifications: ACSM, ACE, NSCA. As a national speaker for Cross Country Education, Shari travels throughout the country instructing a seminar titled "Strength Training and Exercise for the Aging Spine" offering CEU's for PT/PTA; OT/OTA, ACE, ACSM, NSCA and other allied health professionals.

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IDEA Author/Presenter
IDEA Member

About Me


  • BA, Exercise & Sports Studies, UT at Arlington, TX
  • AS, Physical Therapist Assistant, Broward Community College

Certifications / Trainings

FAI - Functional Aging Specialist
Ageless Grace - Ageless Grace® Certification
Pending Verification
ACSM - ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
Expires: Dec 31, 2020
NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Expires: Dec 31, 2020

CPR Certified

AED Certified

Liability Insurance

  • FitPak

Additional Information


$70.00 / hr, Also offer 30 min sessions for $35.00.

Payment Methods

Cash , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce - Nominated Small Busienss of the Year in 2002 & 2003.
  • Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce - Nominated Glass Ceiling Award in 2005
  • National Seminar Presenter on "The Aging Spine"
  • Invited Presenter Club Industry '08 (1 session)
  • Invited Presenter IDEA Fitness Fusion '09 (2 sessions)
  • Invited Presenter IDEA World '10 (3 sessions)
  • Featured in the TV Series “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” “Treating and Preventing Osteoporosis” - Episode 1003
  • Invited Presenter IDEA Personal Trainer Institure '11 (2 sessions)
  • Nominated Davie Cooper CIty Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2015

Languages Spoken




6 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Kathy Atria on Feb 23, 2011

    I had serious back problems and found myself in pain more than not. Shari taught me exercises that strengthened my core and improved my posture. I hardly have any pain or back problems now. I am very thankful for her excellent and informative instruction.

  • by Bonnie Salmon on Feb 22, 2011

    Shari really helped me with strength training. I had been diagnosed with 2 herniated and 2 bulging discs in my neck. After the acute pain was relived, Shari came in with strength training to teach me what to do and how to do it. As a 50+ year old, I wasn't ready to give in to being "limited" yet. She gave me a regular routine that I do daily, and I've been doing well for almost 2 years now. I can't thank her enough. I am now able to play with my new grandson and have not had another "acute" flair up since I used her as a personal trainer.

  • by Betty Wank on Feb 22, 2011

    Shari worked with me one-on-one and did a fantastic job. My family was worried because--after several falls--I had become very weak. Shari got me going with her strength training and the results were terrific. My stamina increased and I could do things I could never do before: crawling, getting up from the floor, etc. I have continued with her exercises to this day and am again traveling and participating in ativities I thought I had given up for good. Thank you, Shari, and keep up the good work!

  • by Helene Holtz on Feb 21, 2011

    Shari has been so patient with this "old goat". I need constant reminders on what/how to do and she never gets frustrated with me. Despite my hearing challenges, she remains vigilant in making sure I am exercising with correct form. I don't know what I would do without her guidance and support.

  • by Judith Apisdorf on Feb 20, 2011

    I was in the same class for seniors as Elfie Israel and agree with Elfie on all counts. Shari is very careful to be sure that her clients do the exercises appropriate to their physical condition, and her sense of humor made it fun. I was very disappointed when the class ended.

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