Low Impact Functional Fitness Training – 3 Levels

  • Gentle Fit – Low Impact – Cardio & Abs Exercise Classes for Women over 40
  • Strengthen & Tone Exercise Class for Men & Women over 40 (NEW this Fall)
  • Low Impact ACTIVE Exercise Classes for Seniors – Men & Women
  • SEATED Exercise Classes for Seniors – Men & Women
  • SEATED Yoga (Stretch & Flexibility) Classes for Seniors
  • Walking with Poles: Classes & Demonstrations (for therapy when recovering from hip/knee surgeries; or, for improved posture, balance & weight loss)
  • Arthritis Workshops for Seniors (a series covering a variety of the joints)
  • Individual Private Fitness Training for Men & Women over 50

Description and Benefits of Gentle Fit Exercise Classes

These low impact classes will benefit the participants’ overall health and functionality in their daily lives by:

Improving your Strength, Stamina, Balance, Circulation, Flexibility and your Cardiovascular & Respiratory Health.  Other benefits may include:  improved sleep and enhanced coordination skills.  The social aspect of gathering together in a group provides the ‘FUN’ factor, giving us a a feeling of community spirit, as we meet new people and make new friends!

Each different Seniors class is comprised of primarily seated exercises, usually with a short low impact standing segment; of functional exercises, performed at the appropriate level for the class participants, whether you are an older adult residing in the community, or in a retirement home.

Each 60 minute Gentle Fit – Group Exercise Class for Seniors – Men & Women is comprised of 30 minutes of Low Impact Cardiovascular & Balance Exercises, 20 minutes of Seated Strengthening exercises using resistance bands & small soft balls, plus a 10 minute full body Stretch to improve flexibility and to help prevent pain & stiffness.

Each 60 minute Gentle Fit – SEATED Group Exercise Classes for Seniors – Men & Women is comprised of 20 minutes of Seated Cardiovascular Exercises, 10 minutes of Standing Cardiovascular & Balance exercises, 20 minutes of Seated Strengthening exercises using resistance bands & small soft balls, plus a 10 minute full body Stretch to improve flexibility and to help prevent pain & stiffness.

Each 60 minute Gentle Fit – Lively & Fun Group Exercise Class for Women over 40 is comprised of a Low Impact but lively, Cardio Workout using a variety of equipment, strength training & abdominal work plus a full body stretch.  Please bring a mat or blanket.

Class Format:

  • A gentle warming up of all the joints & muscles
  • Moderate to vigorous cardio/aerobic endurance-style exercise (at the appropriate level for the participants involved)
  • Muscle & bone strengthening & exercises, utilizing small soft balls, resistance bands and, on occasion, light hand-held weights
  • Balance training
  • A cooling down period of relaxing & gently stretching out the major muscles

If you are unable to attend classes, other options are available.  We offer ‘One-on-One’ functional fitness training with Sally MacDonald, in your home or in our studio.  You may also purchase a DVD of a 20 minute Seated workout using balls and resistance bands for $5.00 (see VIDEOS tab) and do your own workout at home without the worry that you may perform an exercise unsafely.  For more information, please Click Here to send Sally a message.

It’s advisable, before starting any physical activity program, to consult with your doctor or health care professional first.

Click Here to view Class Schedules.

Description and Benefits of Private Fitness Training ‘One-on-One’

An Exercise program that is designed specifically for you can be highly beneficial to your health & well-being. What do YOU wish to achieve?

• Assistance with your physio therapy exercises, while you recover from surgery, injury or illness
• To improve your balance (which is proven to help prevent falls)
• To improve your bone strength & muscle strength (to help maintain your current level of independence)
• To improve or maintain your current Heart health
• To improve the circulation of your blood & lymphatic system (beneficial to diabetics & cancer survivors)
• To maintain & improve flexibility in your arthritic joints

Physical Activity Should be Enjoyable for YOU! Choose activities that YOU prefer. Choose to perform them seated or standing. Choose ½ hr. sessions to avoid fatigue or over-exertion, or choose 1 hr. sessions and combine activities such as those below. Equipment will be provided, such as small soft balls, resistance bands or hand-held weights.

• Gentle & Safe Stretching exercises for Arthritis and Relaxation
• Bone & Muscle Strengthening exercises using Resistance Bands or Hand Weights
• Walking for a Healthy Heart (or for Bone Health with added weight-bearing)
• Walking with Poles for improved balance, full body strengthening and optimal health

It’s advisable, before starting any physical activity program, to consult with your doctor or health care professional first.

Single Adult ½ hour = $15.00
Single Adult 1 hour = $25.00
2 Adults together ½ hour = $20.00
2 Adults together 1 hour = $30.00

Please note:  Prices will increase on January 1, 2017

ABOUT SALLY MACDONALD

Sally is an Older Adult Fitness Specialist. She holds her C.C.A.A. (Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging, Western University) Fitness Instructor Certificate.  She also holds numerous certificates from various Senior’s Fitness courses and continues to further her education on a regular basis.

Sally is fully insured as an F.P.A.O. Registered Fitness and Health Professional with the Fitness Practitioners Association of Ontario and is certified in First Aid & CPR.

EXPERIENCE:

She has eleven years experience instructing Group Exercise Classes in fitness facilities in Owen Sound.  To gain experience, she became a V.O.N. volunteer instructor.  After completing their training programs, she was mentored by several fantastic, experienced Seniors fitness instructors, in leading the S.M.A.R.T. (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) Group Exercise Classes in our Community.  Then she furthered her credentials and became employed by the Grey Bruce V.O.N. as a paid instructor.

CURRENTLY:

She is on staff as a Senior’s Fitness Instructor for the Grey Bruce V.O.N. and instructs numerous classes weekly, both in the Community and our local Retirement Homes. Please contact Grey Bruce V.O.N. at 519-371-5331 Ext. 238 for more information on the S.M.A.R.T. Program!

Sally now instructs many different classes in Owen Sound.  We have morning classes and for the ‘over 40 working women’ or any woman who prefers a LOW IMPACT style of class, we offer early evening classes, twice a week.  These are LIVELY & FUN, cardio and core strengthening classes. Class descriptions, times & locations, can be found in CLASSES section.