The city recreation department in Strongs-ville, Ohio, offers S.O.T.: Stations of Transformation to its members. The multilevel class features an “intense and
rigorous strength training workout, complemented by classic cardio movements.” The goal of the class, besides fun and camaraderie, is to maximize time while elevating heart rates and developing muscle tone.
The San Francisco Bay Club has Cardio Cognition on its schedule. Taught by IDEA member, author and presenter Laura Sachs, this 60-minute class is “an exercise and neuroscience-based program designed for older adults who want to maintain mental acuity and fitness.” Sachs takes “simple low-impact movement patterns,” repeats them in sequence and then rearranges them into a new sequence. According to the online class description, “participants not only develop cardiorespiratory endurance, but also enhance their executive brain function. Each session includes warm-up and cool-down periods, ‘balance breaks’ and ‘mini-ball play,’ as well as various relaxation poses, simple eye exercises and breathing techniques. When combined, these fun components keep the senior adults moving, while developing and reinforcing their movement and cognitive skills.”
The schedule keepers in the University of Virginia intramural-recreational sports department have fun with the acronyms H.A.B.I.T. and W.A.H.O.O. The former class is “Hips, Abs/Arms, Back/Buns & Incredible Thighs” and uses hand weights, tubing, balls and more to help participants “strengthen and tone all major muscles … increase metabolism and improve flexibility with an extended stretch.”
The latter offering, W.A.H.O.O., means “Want An Hour of OOMPH?” and uses a variety of strength and functional balance equipment “for an hour of high- intensity exercise, cardio intervals and strength training components.”
Focus on Healing is one of nine classes featured at the Seattle Athletic Club in Seattle. This “fun and therapeutic” class, which is based on the Lebed Method, was originally designed for breast cancer survivors but was found to also benefit other cancer survivors. According to the online schedule description, Focus on Healing helps increase range of motion, reduce pain, stimulate the lymphatic system, increase energy and more. All levels are welcome, and members do not have to be cancer survivors to participate.
Movements Afoot, in New York City, offers members Bring Your Own Beautiful Body, a “free event to taste a new way to appreciate and love your body.” The class is marketed to people who feel self-
conscious, have anxiety about the way they look or move, and want to exercise for health.
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