Fitness Level I
Monday & Thursday @10am
Leader: Wanda Amey
Leader: Ruth Graham
This class is geared to all abilities and fitness levels and is aimed at increasing the functional mobility and endurance of participants. The class starts with a gentle warm-up followed by a low impact aerobic segment geared to maintaining a strong cardio-vascular system. Appropriate weight-training exercises to strengthen bones and muscles, are performed using bands and light weights. Balance training is a part of every class. The class concludes with a gentle stretch to improve joint mobility. Chairs will be available if needed for extra support. This class is ideal for adults with who have not been recently active, have physical limitations, or anyone who just wishes to maintain an active lifestyle. Exercises on floor mats will not be in this class.
Fitness Level II
Tuesday, and Thursday @9am
Leader: Mary Van Baal
This program includes segments of cardio fitness along with strength, balance and core training. Participants will utilize weights, bands and body weight, incorporating range of motion and muscle strengthening that mimics the demands of active daily living. Floor exercises will be included so it is necessary to be able to get up and down easily.
Fitness Level III
Monday, Wednesday & Friday@9:00
Leader: Kimberley Sledz
A dynamic full body strength class with a focus on core training utilizing weights, bands, stability balls and mat work. Core strength exercises strengthen your core muscles, including your abdominal muscles, back muscles and the muscles around the pelvis. Strong core muscles make it easier to do many physical activities.
Tone & Sculpt
Tuesday & Friday @10AM
Leader: Bonnie McTaggert
Tone and Sculpt will focus on stretching and flexibility, balance, and strength. You will need to be able to get up and down from the floor, as there will be exercises using floor mats. This class will be osteoporosis friendly.
Essentrics Aging Backwards®
Monday & Thursday @11
Leader: Christine Peets
Essentrics® is a dynamic stretching and strengthening program that draws on the flowing movements of Tai Chi, the strengthening theories behind ballet, and the healing principles of physiotherapy. The Aging Backwards® program, geared to anyone who needs a gentler approach to exercise, will improve flexibility, mobility, range of motion and balance. Each class will restore, rebalance and rejuvenate your entire body. Exercises are performed standing in bare feet or socks, with options for floor work, using a chair, and occasional props. Participants may wish to bring their own mat.
Monday & Wednesday @10am
Intermediates @10:30 – located off-site at North Fredericksburgh
Leader: Duanne Gilbert & Neil Hopper
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise consisting of 108 movements. Men and women of all ages can practice these non-strenuous, ﬂowing and relaxing movements to regain their natural health and remain in good physical condition. It relieves stress, improves concentration, perception and balance.
Tuesday & Thursday @10am
Leader: Tammy Miller-Toledo
Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises.
It is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as “life energy”
Wednesday @10:00-11:30 – located offsite at RC Legion, Mill St
Leader: Wendy Lavigueur
Yoga will enhance circulation, improve ﬂexibility, and calm your nervous system through exercise and efﬁcient breathing techniques. Classes can accommodate all levels of student experience & understanding. Please bring your own mat. Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body.
Chair Yoga/Gentle Exercise
Leader: Molly McCarthy-Senebeld
Class focuses on flexibility, and strengthening of limbs, breathing exercises and relaxation utilizing a chair. Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild back bends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.
Nordic Pole Walking
Monday @9:00 – Outdoors, Weather Permitting
Leader: Lillie Normile
This is an outdoor activity that continues year-round, weather permitting. Nordic Pole Walking is a low-impact exercise that provides the highest benefits for health, wellness and fitness for people of all ages and fitness levels. Anyone who suffers from diabetes, who is overweight or has high blood pressure and has been encouraged by their physician to exercise, this is the activity for you. The basis is simple. Normal walking utilizes muscles in the lower half of the body while pole walking adds the use of your upper body muscles, your arms, back, shoulders and neck. Pole Walking turns your walk into a whole-body activity. Numerous clinical studies show the vast benefits of pole walking, especially among seniors. Poling contributes to faster weight loss, better cardiovascular health and better posture. Poling even helps people recovering from knee or hip surgery to get moving again through the support from the poles.