How We Exercise

Our workouts are different than any exercise class you’ve ever experienced – for a reason. They are based on state-of-the-art exercise science for older adult exercisers. (To learn more about the science, visit our Blog.)

Each session is 1.25 hours long (including a warm-up and cool down), but no two consecutive sessions are exactly the same. Some classes include a circuit where you go individually from station to station, but also include activities done as a group or in pairs.

Every session includes exercises to build strength, flexibility, agility, power, balance, and cardio fitness. Over a few classes, every muscle, ligament, and tendon in your body gets attention. And we don’t forget foot flexibility or grip strength either.

We use some familiar exercise equipment such as bands, dumb bells, stability balls, Bosus, and machines (only once in a while), but we also use ropes, agility ladders, Indian clubs, tires, kettlebells, heavy bands, balance beams, sandbells and medicine balls.

Every class includes the fundamental movements – pushing, pulling, rotating, squatting and lunging. You might also skip, leap, or jump (low or high depends on what is safe for you) forwards, backwards, or sideways.

Because life is lived in 360 degrees, we intersperse flexibility work within the exercise routines. You’ll find postures and movements from yoga, Feldenkrais, Qigong, martial arts, Somatics, and even parkour so you become supple and strong in 3-dimensional space.

Sometimes you’ll be doing agility and coordination drills used by professional athletes, just slower and with less force. Some drills you might remember from high school PE or sports.

We get up and down a lot because that’s an essential skill associated with independence and longevity.  Sometimes we get down on the padded floors to crawl over, under, and around objects, or to gently roll. Sometimes we throw and slam things to develop and preserve power and range of motion. We also work on balance and how to fall safely.

We always play a game or do gamelike drills to give us some movement challenges and have fun.

After a few weeks, you’ll notice positive changes as you go about your everyday life. You’ll become more physically competent and healthier. 

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