Finish Strong Group Class. Designed for those 50+
Led by a Certified Kinesiologist. What will your next ten years look like?
The goal of this class is to minimize the effects of aging, manage disease symptoms, increase confidence and independence. Although this class sounds like it’s all business, another goal is for you to have loads of fun (games are a part of almost every class), learn about your body, and build lasting relationships.
I can walk up the stairs without using the railing. I can also sit down in a chair without using the armrests. (80 year old participant)
” I love her class! Alysha makes it so fun. I haven’t been for four weeks and I can’t wait to go back. My body can feel that it needs these exercises. Keep moving! ”
“I have participated in organized exercise classes all my aldult life because I had a sit down office job – and also because I was an avid hiker; going up to the mountains and loving the BC outdoors! Now, as I am aging, Alysha’s class is keeping me mobile and active – so that I can still enjoy the outdoors, by walking, birding as much as possible. I have a pelvic conditions that Alysha helps me strengthen. Thanks for keeping me going, Alysha!”
“I have been keeping active all my life with aquafit, swimming, walking and more recently with an aerobic program called Fit for Life. Alysha has us doing strength training unlike what I do in any other class lubricating my joints and stretching different muscles. She has us doing simple exercises to help improve balance. So important for everyone!” – Margaret
“I feel that your strength & balance program is essential for maintaining the mobility & agility that older individuals require to maintain an active quality of life & enabling seniors to remain in their homes enjoying a social interaction for a longer period of time. Studies have shown that physical exercise adds longevity & helps maintain mental fitness. I thoroughly enjoy your exercise program.” – Carol
When I started with Alysha, I couldn’t sideways gallop or skip. Now I can do both.
Alysha provides us with an environment where we can learn about our bodies, and do what’s best in terms of exercise for us without worry about being judged.
After learning how to pay attention to body position and some strength training, I can now without pain.
“At first I was resistant to joining this class because I thought with all my walking and jumping my lower body was strong enough. After Alysha convinced me to try out the class, I was hooked. I am now able to squat ALL the way down. Working is easier than I ever thought possible. I am so much stronger – my legs weren’t as strong or mobile as I thought. So my advice to you: Don’t limit yourself by thinking you can’t improve anymore.”
Do you remember being able to…? (The good news, we can help get you back there)
- Garden…without pain
- Walk up stairs…without using the railing
- Play…with grandkids on the ground
- Pick-up grandkids easily…or throw them around.
- Sit-down and stand up…without using your knees or the armrest for balance.
- Walk your dog without pain…and keep up.
Increase your confidence
Improve ability to sit and stand
Decrease your risk of falls and fractures
Decrease pain and lower risk of disease
Accountability of a Group
Classes + Monthly Gym
Description: This class is perfect for individuals who haven’t been able to be active for some time (or not as active as before) due to injury, disease or just life and will be 30 mins in length. This class will be chair based (so bring your own walker or scooter if needed) with the option to stand and get moving around as you become stronger, more mobile and more confident in your ability to move safely. This class will focus on a joint mobility routine to not only assess your body as is, but to lubricate your joints to get them moving smoother and even better than before. This joint routine will be taught every class so that individuals can practice at home to reap further benefits. The second portion of this class will focus on targeted strength training to increase your independence, decrease levels of discomfort and pain and to get you stronger than before. The last portion of this class will focus on learning proper core function to alleviate back pain, increase strength and increase stability.
Description: This class is perfect for individuals who would not consider themselves sedentary, and are not bound to a wheelchair or walker and will be 45 mins in length. This class is designed for individuals who have completed Level 1 Finish Strong, and/or participate in some physical activity weekly. This class will be a progression of Level 1 Finish Strong. A joint mobility warm-up, in addition to some cardio will get us started each day. The next part of the class will be approximately 5-10 minutes of learning how to move our bodies properly (I.e. how to squat, how to bend over, how to garden, how to improve posture, etc). The middle portion of the class will be spent completing various strength training exercises – this may be done via a group circuit or together as a group. But don’t worry – there are progressions and regressions for each exercise so that the workout is tailored specifically for you. The last portion of the class will be spent on improving core function, and depending on those attending the class – we may participate in some ground/mat work.
Description: This class is perfect for individuals who are moderately active, and are looking for more of a challenge. A pre-requisite to this class is Level 2 Finish Strong unless otherwise approved by our Head Kinesiologist and Program Director – Alysha Harper. Finish Strong Level 3 is a 1 hour class. This class will be a continuation of Finish Strong Level 2 (see above) and will thus increase in terms of complexity, and difficulty. However, keep in mind that again, every exercise has a progression/regression that will be explained so that everyone can participate to the best of their unique abilities.