Wellness for Active Older Adults
Group Exercise classes
These classes are designed specifically for active older adults—and they are free for Y members. There’s no need to register ahead of time—join classes at any time.
- AOA (Active Older Adult) Forever Fit: The Senior Center hosts this Monday-Wednesday morning class specifically geared toward older adults. A Y fitness staff member will lead you through low-impact aerobics, strength training, and stretching, all designed to keep you fit the smart way.
- Chair Yoga: This class is perfect for students with physical challenges that find it difficult to get on and off the floor as required for a traditional yoga class. Exercises explore and enhance a greater range of movement while protecting the back and joints by easing carefully in to yoga postures with chair support.
- Senior Muscle Strength & Range of Movement: Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance; and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.
- Senior Circuit: Combine fun with fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work with hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, stretching and relaxation exercises.
- Rusty Hinges: This class concentrates on improving your range of motion gently and effectively. Workouts aim to decrease pain and stiffness, help maintain and improve joint flexibility, and increase energy. Class takes place in our zero-depth entry, 86-degree recreational pool. An elevator to the pool level is available.
- Tai Chi for Arthritis: The ancient discipline of Tai Chi combines agile steps, joint safe exercise and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation in ways that help you feel in greater control over your daily life. This is a 10 week class developed by Dr. Paul Lam for the Arthritis Foundation. It’s a joint safe way for people of all ages to enjoy life and meet new friends, while taking control of your physical, emotional and mental health.
- Tai Chi - Meditation in Motion: Tai Chi promotes peace of mind through gentle movements and focused breathing. Originating in China as a martial art form, Tai Chi focuses your mind and de-stresses your body. In class, you'll perform a series of postures in a flowing manner so you're in slow but constant motion. Our Tai Chi class is the classical Tai Chi Ch'uan 108 posture Yang Style Long Form, and people of all ages and skills are welcome.
Small Group Training classes
Sign up to work out with two to four other participants and a Personal Trainer in a specialty class—these are not included with Y membership and require an additional fee. Classes run on a seven-week schedule.
More options to get active and stay healthy
Whether you’re looking for individualized attention or are interested in group coaching, Personal Training programs include a variety of options to meet your needs and support your path to a healthy lifestyle.
Y membership includes free meetings with fitness professionals to help you feel more comfortable at the YMCA.
- Personal Consultation—meet with a Personal Trainer for an hour to discuss your fitness, nutrition and wellness goals, and learn more about the Y services that will help you meet these goals.
- Fitness Assessment—meet with a Personal Trainer for 30 minutes to assess your current physical state. You can request a general fitness assessment or a fall-risk assessment.
- Orientation—join a group of fellow active older adults for an introductory session on how to make the most of your Y experience. After orientation, expect to feel more confident and safe during workouts.
Events and activities
Field trips, social activities, special events and interest-based clubs—the Y offers a variety of fun for active older adults.