New sessions of senior fitness classes – registration opens Wednesday

by beth on March 2, 2021

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Above: A new session of the Zoom classes offered by the Senior Center starts this week including – QiGong and weight training. (images cropped and edited from flickr L-R by John Johnston and Carol VanHook)

The Southborough Senior Center is continuing its exercise and wellness programs in March and April over zoom. Classes are only for members of the Friends of the Council on Aging. However, the Senior Center newsletter includes an application on the back to join Friends of the COA for $15 per year.

Registration opens tomorrow morning, Wednesday March 3rd, beginning at 10:00 am. At that time, you can begin signing up through the Senior Center at 508-229-4453 and speaking live with a staff member.* The newsletter specifies:

Please do not leave any registrations on voicemail. You must connect with a staff member to register for all programs. If you leave a voicemail regarding a program registration, we will not be returning calls during Registration time.

Each zoom series has a suggested donation of $3 per session. Below is an overview of each class. (For more details go to pages 6-7 of the newsletter.) 

Stretch Break Class

Monday and Wednesdays 10:15 – 11:00 am through April 28th.  (No classes on Monday, April 19th)

The stretch class consists of mat based (and standing as well), flexibility, mobility and stability exercises. Participants should have a chair, pillow or strap (can be a necktie or belt). Props will be utilized for a complete and total body functional class.

It is pitched as for seniors at all fitness levels, but there are some caveats. You must be able to get onto the floor/mat and back up, plus bear weight on hands and knees in a “tabletop” position. If you have any orthopedic issues, please discuss them with instructor before taking the class so she can discuss any necessary modifications for you. (The Senior Center can help you get in touch to discuss concerns.)

The class is led by Instructor Sharon Longo, who has been teaching and training for over 30 years.

Strength Training Class

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 – 9:45 am through April 29th.

The class will consist of total body strengthening and conditioning. At the end of the class, there will be core/abs/low back strengthening as well as full body stretching. All fitness levels are welcome to join. 

Two sets of hand weights is recommended. Possibly 3 pounds and 5 pounds, or 5 pounds and 8 pounds if you’ve worked with weights in the past. (If you need to borrow weights, contact the Senior Center for arrangements.) A mat is also recommended for use at the end of the class.

If you have any orthopedic issues, please discuss them with instructor before taking the class so she can discuss any necessary modifications for you. (The Senior Center can help you get in touch to discuss concerns.)

The class is led by Instructor Sharon Longo, who has been teaching and training for over 30 years.

QiGong

Tuesdays at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, through April 27th. 

QiGong is an exercise for health and wellness. The class exercises are soft and gentle with focused breathing and an intenful mind. Movements are performed both seated and standing and suitable for all ages. There is no experience necessary.

With roots in ancient China, QiGong is part of the traditional Chinese medicine – a.k.a. Chinese yoga. It is still practice today along with modern Western healthcare in China – and beyond. Scientific research and experience has shown QiGong to be good for balance – posture – strength – quieting the mind – breath work – wellness and healing and much more.

The class is led by Instructor Bob Doherty, a certified practitioner with wellness expertise in QiGong, Reiki, Tui Na, and Meditation.

Seated Chair Yoga

Thursdays at 1:00 – 2:00 pm through April 29th.

A Yoga class for beginners to more experienced yogis. 

Have fun while enjoying the benefits of movement, calming the mind, and relaxation. Stretch, twist and lengthen your bodies through a series of easy to follow repetitive movements. Combine with inhales and exhales, working with props to get the most out of every movement. The class begins with a medication and gentle warm-up to an easy flow of postures (depending on experience level) and ending in a final relasation of Savasana. 

The class is led by Instructor Rebecca Reber, who has been practicing yoga for about 15 years.

*The requirement to register for programs by speaking to a staff member live isn’t just for the fitness classes. It applies to all Senior Center programs that require pre-registration. However, Senior Center staff are still returning voicemails related to other issues. The newsletter encourages:

The Staff is working and is available by phone – all voicemails will be sent to us directly through email. We will return your call as soon as possible. Please call if you need anything or have a question.

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