Paul Reilly and ActiveRx Aim to Turn Back the Clock

Mar 3, 2014

From the article:

Frail. It’s a natural condition for most people as they age. It’s as inevitable as AARP membership cards and white hair, just another price for racking on the decades. But what if this assumption is wrong? What if we could physically change our bodies from frail and become hale? Could it be that we have an influence over our own physical well-being throughout our lives?

According to the American Journal of Medicine, “Older adults can significantly, and meaningfully, increase their strength and muscle mass with a regular program of resistance training.”

I had the opportunity to speak with a gentleman who believes that this very thing is possible and is working to make it happen every day. 


The founders of the company were exercise scientists at Arizona State and Stanford universities. Dr. Wayne Phillips has been the leading intellectual in the world of exercise science specific to active aging, the understanding of the input of progressive resistance training’s impact on the aging process.

Matt Essex, a research assistant of Dr. Phillips, was struck by the paradox that, although they were discovering that the aging process could be reversed, there was no practical application of it. So out of frustration, he decided to start a company that would use what they learned in the lab and apply it in the real world to try to help people.

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ActiveRx to open Lady Lake Active Aging Center

Jan 26, 2014

Orlando Sentinel

ActiveRx to open in Lady Lake ActiveRx, an Arizona-based company that promotes "active aging" will open its first Florida Active Aging Center in Lady Lakes next month, said Matt Essex, founder and chief executive officer.

The new center will serve residents of Lady Lake and surrounding communities, including The Villages, said Jay and Utkarsh Patel, Florida's first ActiveRx franchisees. The new center will be located at 201 W. Guava St.

A network of Active Aging Centers are opening across the country to help aging adults gain strength and stay independent longer, said Essex. Besides the new Florida center, aging centers are open or about to open in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, South Carolina and Texas.

"Research continues to validate that strength loss in aging is the number one contributor to falls, loss of mobility, and loss of ability to remain physically active," Essex added. "Strength loss is preventable and can be regained at any age." 

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Staying Strong with ActiveRx

Jan 16, 2014

There's a new fitness hub in town – ActiveRx – a revolutionary concept in strength and wellness for mature adults.

Centrally located just off Anna Knapp Boulevard on a quiet, tree- lined street, ActiveRx is a brand new, bright, airy and well-equipped health center for seniors who want to maintain their strength and independence. It’s also aimed at those who may have encountered problems with balance, general weakness, post-illness lethargy and even depression.


The ActiveRx approach is based on hard science showing that older Americans who commit to a modest regimen of regular workouts tailored to their individual needs and abilities can experience increased physical and cognitive function, improved cardiovascular health, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol readings and reduced pain and fatigue.

Central to the ActiveRx approach is a three-pronged program that begins with an individualized professional evaluation, moves on to “strengtherapy” orientation and continues with regularly-scheduled, small group workout sessions of 30 minutes each, three times a week.

According to Mark Osborn, ActiveRx regional developer and owner of the Mount Pleasant center, seniors participating in regular, low-impact training sessions can anticipate increased strength and muscle mass, reduced disability, fewer balance issues, reversal of bone mineral density loss and more.

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ActiveRx to Open Second Active Aging Center in Pinnacle Peak Area

Nov 4, 2013

Recognizing a growing need to serve northeast Valley residents, ActiveRx management announces the opening of a second Active Aging Center in northeast Scottsdale.

The new location – at 7679 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 100 – is scheduled to begin taking patient appointments on Friday, Nov. 15. It joins the company’s first ActiveRx Active Aging Center in 7331 E. Osborn Drive, Suite 410 in downtown Scottsdale and other Arizona locations in Sun Lakes and Surprise/Sun City West.

ActiveRx is a Chandler, Ariz.-based company that is redefining aging through its new Lifestyle Strengtherapy™ System for the treatment of frailty (high risk for falls), loss of muscle mass, loss of bone density, depression and management of chronic disease. The regimen is designed specifically for seniors wishing to optimize their aging experience by staying strong, vital, and independent.

ActiveRx has been expanding its network of Active Aging Centers rapidly over the past two years throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.


“Our first center in Scottsdale has been very well received,” [ActiveRx CEO Matt] Essex stated. “Now, it is apparent that we needed a center serving the Pinnacle Peak area, and the region’s large number of master-planned communities, including Grayhawk, DC Ranch, McDowell Mountain Ranch and Desert Mountain. Our new location also affords us an opportunity to serve the residents of a number of senior communities located in the area.”

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New Local Business Helps Seniors Stay Strong — and Independent

Oct 4, 2013

ActiveRx's Westborough Active Aging Center is "neither a gym nor are we an outpatient physical therapy clinic, but we have elements of both," says Paul Reilly, the facility's owner and managing director.


ActiveRx seeks to help seniors "preserve and restore their functional strength, and ultimately to help them sustain and maintain their independence," said Reilly, a Westborough resident.

"It's fairly well understood that if you stay active as you get older, you'll have a better quality of life, and be able to continue to do more of the things that you like to do, and you'll stay more independent," Reilly told Patch this week.

"What's perhaps not as well understood is the role that strength plays in that. And ultimately, strength is the foundation that all of fitness is built on. There's volumes of clinical research to support this."

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Seniors need a prescription for strength training

Sep 17, 2013

Citing studies, the CDC lists the benefits [of "strengthening exercises"] as easing arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression. Name a drug that powerful. And the only side of effect of strength training may be some temporary muscle soreness.


After I wrote about preventing falls in the Aug. 13 edition of Your Health, I received several phone calls from seniors asking where they can go for programs. I suggested some places, such as those mentioned in the article.

But after the conversations, I realized there is a hunger out there. Some really want to help themselves stay healthy. One common theme, though, was that they wanted a facility close to their residence, particularly for those with limited transportation.

Shortly thereafter, I was contacted by Mark Osborne, who is embarking on opening South Carolina locations of ActiveRx, an Arizona-based fitness franchise that focuses on seniors primarily 65 and older.


The business model, developed by active-aging researchers Wayne Phillips and Mark Essex, seems to hit the bull’s eye when it comes to meeting the needs of seniors.

“What [Phillips and Essex] found in the research is that all of us have in our minds that when we get older, we’ll become weak and frail and die,” says Osborne. “The fact is the weakness and frailness doesn’t have to happen.”

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