We can’t wait to have you back to in-person classes, but for now, we are offering ZOOM classes…
Essentrics Aging Backwards®
Strength & Core
Monday, & 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.
Monday & Thursday @10am
Leader: Wanda Amey
This motivating class is geared to all abilities and fitness levels and is aimed at increasing the overall functional mobility and endurance of participants. The class starts with a gentle warm-up, followed by a fun, low impact aerobic segment geared to maintaining a strong cardio-vascular system, and improving balance and coordination. Motivating music keeps the class fun and keeps participants working within their fitness level. Although the class is geared to level 1 fitness participants, more challenging modifications are offered for those participants who want to work a little harder. Hand weights are used to strengthen muscles and joints. Balance training is a part of every class. Chairs will be available if needed for extra support, although most of the class is performed standing. The class concludes with a gentle stretch to improve joint mobility, and leaves participants feeling refreshed! No mat exercises.
Monday & Wednesday @9am
Leader: Meighen Hodgen, Diamond Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts
Cardio kickboxing is a group fitness class that combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. This high-energy workout challenges the beginner and elite athlete alike. Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility, and burn calories as you build lean muscle with this fun and challenging workout. Boxing gloves are encouraged but not mandatory. Available for purchase at Diamond Fitness.
Choreographed Tap Dance
Leader: Wanda Amey
With the pandemic restrictions still present, our abilities to get out and enjoy our winter plans are significantly restricted. To help ease our winter boredom, here at SOS we are adding something new to our fitness roster – Senior Tap Dancing!.
The objective of this unique class is not necessarily to teach participants how to tap dance, rather to introduce something fun and different to challenge our brains and our bodies. This class will not involve strenuous exercise, however; participants will have improved ankle strength, coordination and balance; all while having more fun than can normally be had on a winter Tuesday morning! Participants will NOT become an adult Shirley Temple, nor will they be able to dance in a Broadway musical, however; they will have bragging rights, and what happens in SOS stays in SOS.
Participants will learn a few simple, basic tap steps, and will then learn an easy, fun tap routine choreographed to the Beach Boys song “Kokomo”. Handouts will be provided so participants can practice at home should they chose.
People with two left feet are accepted into this class; people who say they have no rhythm are accepted in this class, people who have never danced before are accepted in this class. The only pre-requisite for this class is the ability to laugh and have a good time. Come out, spend time with our SOS colleagues, and fill your winter with something new.
Tap shoes are not required, basic footwear will be fine.
Attendance is limited, so if you are interested in this adventure, sign up early so you to avoid disappointment.
Tuesday, and Thursday @9am
Leader: Mary Van Baal
In this class, we will start with a gentle warm up, and then focus on exercises that increase our heart rate, using a combination of low impact moves and classic cardio step moves. They make our heart muscle stronger and improve our flow of oxygen to help us feel good and our brains to function better. Moving on to strength and core exercises using weights at your level, mats will be used so you will need to be able to get up and down easily; ending with a balance exercise and some soothing stretches.
Tone & Sculpt
Monday & Thursday @11AM
Leader: Bonnie McTaggart
This intermediate level, osteoporosis- friendly class is focussed on strength, flexibility, balance, and co-ordination. Participants will stretch and strengthen their major muscle groups through range of motion exercises using hand weights and exercises performed on floor mats. Stability balls, used for the warm- up, add interest and fun to the class. Strengthen your core while protecting your back. After the workout, you will feel stronger and more graceful. Come out, enjoy the background music and give it a try!
Essentrics Aging Backwards® ZOOM
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.
Qi Gong ZOOM
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”
Tai Chi ON HOLD
Monday & Thursday @10am– located off-site at RC Legion
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.
Fitness for Men
Monday & Wednesday @11am
Leader: Meighen Hodgen, Diamond Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts
Join this group especially for the gents. The Men’s Fitness group meets at Diamond Fitness twice weekly to run through a circuit training designed to be adaptive to your potential. Multiple stations are provided to ensure that all areas of the body are targeted for strength and balance.
Tuesday @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.
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.