Frail to Fit Fast

Igor Klibanov
9 min readAug 19, 2023

We often use the word “frail”, but what does that mean? In a nutshell, it means someone who has problems with the activities of daily living (ADLs). What would those be? Some examples would be:

  • Climbing the stairs in their home
  • Doing their laundry
  • Household cleaning
  • Shopping
  • Gardening
  • Getting down on the floor, and off the floor

You can imagine that having difficulties with these basic activities would have a large ripple effect, and limit somebody’s quality of life. They’d have problems with things like:

  • Travel
  • Leisure activities, like golf, tennis, hiking, etc.
  • Playing with their grandkids
  • Volunteering for causes that are important to them

…and more.

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There’s also the risk that if the frailty goes on long enough, someone could lose their independence, and need a family member or professional caregiver to take care of them.

All the more reason to stay strong.

We have plenty of clients who’ve improved their function. People like:

  • Valerie, who stopped using her cane and pain medications
  • Jacqui, who improved her strength by 40% despite fibromyalgia
  • Stellis, who eliminated her knee pain in 8 sessions, at age 83

…and others.

This was with just 1–2 times per week of exercise. But what if we worked with a client who had no limitations?

  • They had enough money to exercise with a trainer each workout (the majority of our clients work with their trainer 1–2 times per week, with an additional 1–3 on their own) — 5–6 times per week
  • They had enough time to exercise the necessary amount
  • They had no problems with nutritional compliance

If this was the case, we could get someone from frail to fit fast. Really fast. Depending on someone’s baseline level of frailty they could regain full function in 1–3 months. Even if they’ve lost some independence already.



Igor Klibanov

Igor Klibanov is the author 7 books on exercise and nutrition, including 2 bestsellers. Read more of his articles at