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Friends of Community Fitness introduces Unique Senior Fitness Class aimed at Prevention
Monday, April 05, 2004
Friends of Community Fitness now offers a new fitness class designed for the senior market. The class is called the Lifetime Fitness Program®. An orientation and informational meeting will be held as part of a Senior Fitness Day on Saturday, April 17th with classes beginning in May.

The Lifetime Fitness Program is a series of specially designed and tested exercises developed specifically for mature participants. The Program consists of one-hour classes, meeting three times a week and is designed to be socially stimulating while focusing on areas of recognized importance for mature participants: stretching, low-impact aerobics, strength training and balance. Researchers and specialist in aging and fitness at the University of Washington–long recognized for its research in healthy aging–developed the Lifetime Fitness Program. After as little as six weeks of participation in the Program, participants have not only developed a basic understanding of weight training, they see measurable results including increased flexibility and better balance–a major factor in preventing falls among the aging.

Unlike many classes offered in health clubs and gyms, the Lifetime Fitness Program has been designed to be safe for physically unfit seniors, including the 'near frail,' yet challenging enough for more active participants. “While many current programs attract seniors who have always been physically active, our program appeals to individuals who haven't participated in an organized exercise program before,” says Gayle Watson. “We are delighted to offer a program based on sound research and back by scientific studies. This alone makes it unique. What's more, our clients are telling us that it is the social aspects of the class that they enjoy most.”

Classes are offered at Friends of Community Fitness at 9:30 AM Tues., Thurs., and Saturdays beginning May 4th. The cost is $25.00 per 4 week session or $60. for a 12 weeks session. Limited Scholarship Funds Are Available. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Classes are held at 15 School St. in Sangerville, ME (Abbie Fowler School). For more information about the program or directions, contact Gayle Watson at 876-4813.

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