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CBMW Strength for Life Classes

Medical and Wellness Specialty Classes
The Gordon College Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness provides inspiring, motivational, medically-based and recreational fitness classes in an uplifting, supportive environment. Our classes give you the support and guidance you need to stay active, prevent falls, gain strength, relieve stress, exercise as a group with your family, enhance your balance, correct postural imbalances and much more! Work with our skilled and licensed physical therapists and certified personal trainers to get to the next level of safety, function and fitness, all while having a great time and meeting new people.

Strength for Better Balance Level 1

Instructor: McKenzie DiStefano, PT, DPT
Class Day/Time: Every Monday 1–2 p.m.
*Class is ongoing so sign up today!*
Cost: 
$90 for 6 classes (6 weeks)

Balance is a complex process involving multiple bodily systems. This class focuses primarily on strengthening key muscle groups important for healthy balance. Participants will also learn how to effectively exercise to get the intended results. You will be given a comprehensive booklet with easy-to-follow pictures and instructions to continue the exercises at home. Muscle strengthening requires at least two months of consistent, effective exercise, but it can be achieved at any age and the benefits can be transformative.

For more information, please call 978.867.4095.

Brand New! Parkinson's Disease Wellness Group

Instructor: Alison Stallings, MSPT
Class Day/Time: Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., March 18–May 3 (no class on April 19 and 22)
Cost: $249 (90 minute class, 2x/week x 12 weeks) + $25 for exercise booklet
New session starts March 18! 

The Community Wellness Program is designed to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease, who are living in the local community, manage their health more effectively so that their quality of life goes up and their day-to-day function improves.

Increase flexibility • Improve posture • Gain faster movement • Improve walking • Improve function • Enhance quality of life

All attendees will receive guidance from licensed and experienced Physical and Speech Therapists to optimize mobility through exercise and group discussion. Contact Beth Ann Sperr at 978.867.4095 by March 4th to secure your spot!

PEP Class: Persevering in Exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s disease

Instructors: Marie Lucey, PT, GCS; Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Class Day/Time: Wednesdays 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
First Day of Next Class: Wednesday, March 6th
Cost: $40 for 8 classes (8 weeks)

Designed and led by experienced physical therapists and wellness professionals to promote adherence to regular exercise and optimize mobility through exercise and peer support. This class is supported by the APDA MA Chapter www.apda.org

Strength for Better Balance Level 2.5

Class time: Thursdays, 8 a.m.

Current class started: Thursday, February 14th
First day of next class: Thursday, April 18th
Instructor: Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room & Wellness Floor
Fitness Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Research shows that strength and flexibility are key for functional movement, balance, and independence as we age. This eight-week program is designed and led by nationally certified fitness professionals who teach whole-body strength and flexibility exercises. The class can be an adjunct to your skilled physical therapy program, may naturally follow our Level 1 class, enhancing your rehabilitation or can simply be a great way for you as a general independent exerciser to learn new movements and better achieve your goals. You will be given a comprehensive booklet with easy-to-follow pictures and instructions to continue the exercises at home. Muscle strengthening requires at least two months of consistent, effective exercise, but it can be achieved at any age and the benefits can be transformative.

Ask your physical therapist if this class is appropriate for you!

Chair Pilates

Class time: Fridays at 8 a.m.
Current class started: Friday, February 8th
First day of next class: Friday, April 5th
Instructor: Jen Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S.-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room
Fitness Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Get to know your body better! Chair Pilates is an ideal workout for those wishing to engage in a whole-body conditioning program with core work being the cornerstone of this unique and fun repertoire. A Pilates workout can be modified to meet the comfort level of the participant and while challenging, it can also enhance relaxation and mindfulness. A great choice for strength, flexibility, breathing, focus, injury prevention/management/rehab and whole-body coordination.

Tai Chi

Class time: Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
Current class started: Wednesday, January 30th
First day of next class: Wednesday, April 3rd
Instructor: Jen Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Fitness Floor
Fitness Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of movements, known as forms, performed in a slow, focused manner combined with controlled breathing. It is a low-impact modality which puts very little stress on muscles and joints. As a strategy to address falls prevention, Tai Chi has been shown to improve balance, increase leg strength, reduce the fear of falling, improve mobility, increase flexibility and enhance psychological health. Based on Brookline Tai Chi’s Tai Chi for Healthy Aging class, this style will focus on the needs of older adults as it draws on an evidence-based falls prevention protocol, which is the basis for the nationally known Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance program. This class is an excellent introduction to or re-education of mindful movement in multiple planes of motion!

BRAND NEW CLASS!

Cardio Core! 

Class time: Thursdays 6 p.m.

Come try a master (sample) class for FREE! Thursday April 25th, 6 p.m., Saturday April 27th, 10am
First day of next class: May 2nd
Instructor: Sara Twombly, BS, ACSM-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room and wellness floor
Fitness Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Get ready to work with this fun circuit training class! Designed to take you through an alternating series of core strengthening exercises followed by interval work on a cardio machine of your choice. By utilizing higher intensity intervals with active recovery and rest periods, you will get a chance to challenge yourself to a new level while increasing overall stamina and core strength.

Participants should anticipate getting onto and off of floor mats, as well as working at a moderate to high intensity during cardiovascular circuits. Modifications for exercises will always be available.

 

Class Pricing

(Eight-week session)

CBMW Members: $80
Community: $100


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For more information, contact Andrew Walker, CBMW Wellness Director, at 978.867.4134 or .