Stand Tall

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Sponsored by the UCSF Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
In Partnership with UCSF Campus Life Services Fitness & Recreation

Stand Tall – Integrated Posture and Strength Training

Everyone knows the effect of gravity and time on your body and posture, rounded shoulders, slouched back, and weaker bones. But you can fight these changes and we can help. Stand Tall is a physical therapist created program designed to specifically address these issues.


The specialized exercise and postural training that make up this class will strengthen core and back muscles, improve posture and bone health with targeted strength training and weight bearing exercise. This social, specialized exercise class will improve your current and future functioning while offering a great peer support network.


Stand Tall was created by Wendy Katzman, PT, DPTSc, OCS. A board certified orthopedic clinical specialist since 1995, she is the principal investigator in 2 clinical trials to determine the effects of these exercises on posture, physical function, and quality of life.


All program participants are eligible to receive a special membership offer for enrollment at Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center.

Days & Times: Tuesdays, 8:30AM-9:30AM

Location: Health & Wellness Center, Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

Requirements: Participation is subject to screening by the supervising physical therapist. Screening can be waived with a UCSF physical therapist's recommendation.

Instructor: Kathy Bonacini, PT, DPT, GCS is a licensed physical therapist. In addition to instructing Stand Tall, Dr. Bonacini works with a variety of orthopedic patients at the Lakeshore location of the UCSF Faculty Practice, and has a particular interest in the geriatric population. 

Fee Structure: Contact us

Stand Tall Video: The video adaptation of the Stand Tall exercise program can be purchased for download.  For more information please contact us.

Clients are provided 5 weeks to complete Program Series.