Active Older Adults Classes
The YMCA offers Active Older Adult fitness and aquatic classes to help senior citizens stay strong and independent. We also offer social events and activities at both of our locations. Contact Shashu Baraka, AOA Coordinator, at 269-459-4856
Enhance® Fitness (NEW!)
Enhance Fitness is an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life. Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises and the fostering of strong social relationships between participants.
Basic Step & Sculpt
Cardio is safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. This class includes low-impact movements focusing on upper body and abdominal strength, stretching, and relaxation exercises to energize your active lifestyle.
Circuit combines fun with fitness to increase cardio vascular and muscular endurance. Upper body work with hand held weights, elastic tubing and other equipment is alternated with non impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support stretching and relaxation exercises. This class is a level above SilverSneakers Classic. Participants should be able to stand for 30 minutes unaided.
Have fun and move with music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. This program uses hand-held weights, elastic tubing, resistance balls, and chairs for seated and standing support.
Yoga will move your whole body through a series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility,balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.
Moving For Better Balance®
This 12-week program teaches participants balance skills and proper body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements. The course is designed for older adults who can walk easily with or without assistive devices. We ll help you develop greater flexibility and more confidence.
Silver Body Blast
Increase your strength, add muscle definition, and challenge your cardiovascular system with this high repetition, weight/resistance training class. You'll use dumbbells, resistance bands, balls, and barbells. This class includes floor exercises.
Splash offers fun, shallow water moves to improve agility, flexibility, and cardio endurance. A special kick board is used to develop strength, balance and coordination. No swimming ability is required.
Designed to help with increased flexibility, mobility, range of motion, muscular strength and endurance, along with trunk stabilization and balance. An instructor will lead you through exercises which have been approved by physicians and physical therapists.
Arthritis Aquatics Deep Water
Designed to help with increased flexibility, mobility, range of motion, muscular strength and endurance, along with trunk stabilization and balance. Exercises have been approved by physicians and physical therapists. Participants must be comfortable in all depths of the pool; classes use both shallow and deep ends.