Fitness

Put the fun in fitness with varied exercise opportunities.

An active life includes staying in shape. But working out shouldn’t feel like work! (Well, maybe a little.) Our fitness options have one goal in mind: to keep you moving and having fun at the same time. In the process, you may drop a few pounds and feel more energetic than you have in years.

Exercise Classes
Fall 2021

Gentle Yoga

Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m.

This slow and gentle floor class is created for beginners through all skill levels. With a majority of the poses done on the floor, you’ll be able to relax and stretch. You’ll be guided through simple warm-ups to ease the body into motion and a variety of accessible yoga postures that gradually increase in challenge and intensity. There will be some standing poses that will help with balance and agility. Back on the floor, enjoy cool down stretches and a relaxing shavasana.

Overall, this therapeutic class targets range of motion, flexibility, strength and mind-body integration.  Breathing exercises and guidance will link your mind and movement as you gently move from one pose to another. As you coordinate movement and breath, you’ll enhance focus, deepening your power of concentration. The class can be modified, depending on the needs of the student. Please bring a mat.

Instructor: Sara Mercer. Sara, a certified Yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. She’s also certified in Silver Sneakers Foundations, Yoga, Circuit Training and Stability Training.

Chair Yoga

Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m.

If you ever wanted to try yoga, or in need of a gentler form without the up and down motions of traditional yoga, this class is for you!  Chair Yoga is an effective and gentle way to improve your strength and flexibility in a way that can complement your current health, medical interventions, therapies and exercises.

Using a supportive chair, you’ll warm up with seated poses that strengthen upper and lower body; moving up to chair-supported standing, for balance and strength; finishing with cool down stretches and relaxation on the chair

Since the chair allows you to stay stabilized, you’ll increase mobility and range of motion, become more flexible and stronger, improve your balance, and boost circulation. You’ll learn breathing techniques that will manage stress and improve mental focus.

Suitable for all ages, modifications will be provided for all fitness levels and physical conditions

Instructor: Sara Mercer. Sara, a certified Yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. She’s also certified in Silver Sneakers Foundations, Yoga, Circuit Training and Stability Training.

Strength Training

Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m.

This chair class is designed to enhance strength, balance and flexibility; along with promoting mobility and increasing your range of motion. In addition, Strength Training wards off age-related muscle loss and keeps your bones strong.

Class begins with warm up stretches seated on the chair preparing you for the following light weight strength training program, primarily working the upper body.  Chair supported standing exercises using weights will follow and is designed to strengthen the lower body, aiding with balance, enhancing stamina. Class finishes with cool down stretches and relaxation on the chair. You can bring your own light weights for this class or just use your own body resistance

Suitable for all ages, modifications will be provided for all fitness levels and physical conditions

Instructor: Sara Mercer. Sara, a certified Yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. She’s also certified in Silver Sneakers Foundations, Yoga, Circuit Training and Stability Training.

Fit Circuit

Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m.

This low-impact circuit style class, featuring upbeat choreography mixed with strength training, is a great overall cardio workout!  Fit Circuit starts with a warm up to stretch and prepare your upper and lower body, along with some core work.

The class then moves into circuits of standing low-impact aerobics-style choreography, alternating with deep body stretches and seated or standing strength work, using hand-held weights. You’ll end with a seated cool down

The class builds endurance and improves balance, increases muscular strength, flexibility and range of motion. Plus, Fit Circuit will boost your metabolism and cardiovascular endurance – keeping you strong and fit.

A chair is always available for standing support. Please bring your own hand-held weights.

Instructor: Sara Mercer. Sara, a certified Yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. She’s also certified in Silver Sneakers Foundations, Yoga, Circuit Training and Stability Training.

Yoga Flow

Wednesday at 12:30 pm and Friday at 11:00 am

Enjoy an energizing, moderately paced yoga flow designed to increase your flexibility, mobility and strength, manage stress and replenish your spirits.

Appropriate for beginners and those with a moderate practice, this class links breath, mind and movement as you flow from seated to standing poses, finishing with shavasana, a relaxation pose that allows the body a chance to regroup and reset itself.

Yoga Flow will improve muscle tone and enhance focus as you deepen your power of concentration. You ‘ll coordinate movement and breath as you gently move from one pose to another. This yoga class will focus on balance, coordination, endurance, stamina and core strength.

Instructor: Sara Mercer. Sara, a certified Yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. She’s also certified in Silver Sneakers Foundations, Yoga, Circuit Training and Stability Training.

Tai Chi Exercise

Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m

A holistic exercise that helps reduce stress and promote physical well-being.  Using slow, flowing and adaptable movement to coordinate breath and enhance strength, balance, and calmness.  Memorizing sequences is not required.

Wednesday Instructor: Grandmaster Pai Shen Li (Brian H. Kunsman) a practitioner of Pai Lum Family Martial Arts.

Friday Instructor: Robert Comins black belts in Hap Ki Do and Kenpo Karate. He is a Sifu in Pai Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi.

Tai Chi Traditional

Consisting of a series of slow, flowing movements that promotes holistic benefits for the individual practitioner.  These benefits include improved balance and coordination, leg strength, cardiovascular health, mental concentration, stress relief.  Movements can be modified to accommodate different capabilities.

Tai Chi Beginner

Monday at 12:30 p.m. and Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Monday Instructor: Grandmaster Pai Shen Li (Brian H. Kunsman) a practitioner of Pai Lum Family Martial Arts.

Thursday Instructor: Robert Comins black belts in Hap Ki Do and Kenpo Karate. He is a Sifu in Pai Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi.

Tai Chi Intermediate

Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Instructor: Pai Ma Shen (Bob Donnelly) an official Silver Sneakers instructor.

Tai Chi Advanced

Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Instructor: Grandmaster Pai Shen Li (Brian H. Kunsman) a practitioner of Pai Lum Family Martial Arts.

 

Chi Kung

Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

Learn stress-free meditative movement to feel good. Increase your life-force energy. Manage aches and pains in your bones and joints. Learn to relax muscles and lessen anxiety.  Create a more positive attitude while having fun.

Instructor: Grandmaster Pai She Li (Brian H. Kunsman) a practitioner of Pai Lum Family Martial Arts.

Low Impact Aerobics

Seated and/or standing using light weights, bands and balls.  A great workout!

Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Instructor: Michele Fisher. Michele’s certifications include; 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher, ChildLight Yoga Teacher, Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning® Instructor, Barre Above® Instructor and Silver Sneakers® Instructor

Zumba Gold

Dancers and non-dancers will enjoy this Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class, which is designed for seniors.  The pace is slower than regular Zumba classes. Exercise and have fun!

Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Instructor: Grace Conti

Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and Fridays at 11:00 a.m.  

Instructor: Ed Nickles

$1.00 per session

Water Aerobics

SilverSneakers® Splash/ at Muhlenberg College

The pool is in the Sports Complex just east of the stadium at 2400 Liberty Street.  Please park on the street.

Enter the campus through the stadium gates and walk to the other side of the building.  On your first visit, get there a half-hour early. Upon entering the building ask the receptionist for directions to the locker room. This is an ongoing class.  Sign up and register for the class at LVAL, and drop in to pay at the pool as you go.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Instructor:  Jerry Vogwill is a water safety instructor.

Stretch & Strengthen

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 a.m.

This chair fitness class with some standing will focus on increasing mobility, balance and strength for the whole body while making every day activities easier to achieve. We will start with breath focus while seated and progress through full body movement seated before transitioning to standing.

While standing, balance and strength will be incorporated followed by a cool down, stretch and seated meditation to finish class. Light weights will be used, but not required. Please wear clothing that allows movement and suitable shoes for standing exercise.

This class can be modified to most levels and can be taken completely seated without standing if necessary. The goal of this class is to assist in keeping the participants moving in a strong healthy way as related to everyday activities.

Instructor: Michele Fisher. Michele’s certifications include; 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher, ChildLight Yoga Teacher, Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning® Instructor, Barre Above® Instructor and Silver Sneakers® Instructor.

Fall Prevention

Yendira Rosario is our Community Outreach Worker and a Community Health Specialist.  If you or a loved one is concerned about falling, she can help.  She can be reached at 610-437-3700 or yendira@lvactivelife.org.

Barre

Monday at 10:00 a.m.

A low impact toning class that blends the principals of Pilates, Yoga, Strength Training and Ballet to activate your entire body. Your body weight, as well as equipment such as bands, core balls,  and light handheld weights will be used to "tighten and tone” (TNT) your body. Focus will be on proper body alignment, balance and stability as well as flexibility and strength; targeting the hips, glutes, abs and arms. Standing and floor work will be incorporated and the Ballet Barre is used for some portions of class, but this is not a dance class! No previous experience is required.

Instructor: Michele Fisher. Michele’s certifications include; 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher, ChildLight Yoga Teacher, Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning® Instructor, Barre Above® Instructor and Silver Sneakers® Instructor.

Mat Pilates

Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Mat Pilates is a strenghtening and lenghtening form of exercise that focuses on the core (abdomen and lower back) muscles, but also strengthens the arms and legs.  It is based on the original exercises of Joseph Pilates and does not use the Pilates reformer. All you need is a Pilates or Yoga mat, but you make can use a chair for modifications.  Mat Pilates is a mind, body and spirt practice with multipule benefits.  Some benefits inclued better coordination and balance, improved concentration and focus, injury prevention and stress reduction.

Instructor: Robert Comins. After retiring from the Air Force he attended ESU and got his B.S. in Exercise Science.  He is a Certififed Exercise Physiologist.  He holds black belts in Hap Ki Do and Kenpo Karate and he is a Sifu in Pai Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi.

 

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