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CBMW Strength for Life Classes

SPECIAL COVID-19 UPDATE
We put together free exercise demos, pre-recorded classes, therapeutic home exercise programs, mini workouts, classes, tips on how to keep moving while not at our center! You will have no problem finding ways to stay healthy while in or out of our center while dealing with COVID-19. Watch our videos! ➔ Please see our active list of virtual wellness classes below and sign up today!

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

On hiatus

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 a 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.

The CBMW has been offering exercise classes for individuals with Parkinson's disease since 2007. We are passionate and committed to delivering effective exercise for the mitigation of disease progression, optimizing functional mobility and challenging, as well as, accommodating cognitive demands for individuals with PD from onset to advanced disease. As a result, we offer several different exercise classes to best meet the needs of the participants.

Parkinson's Power Fit!

Available now in person! To sign up, Email Andrew Walker, Wellness Director, or call 978.867.4134.

Instructors: Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT, SFS & Kevin Kinnard, PT, DPT
Class day/time: Monday & Friday 8am
First Day of Next Class: Monday, June 6th
Cost: FREE!

An exercise class designed specifically for newly diagnosed and those able to participate in more vigorous exercise. This one-hour, twice-weekly class will introduce participants to the benefits of high-intensity exercise early in the disease process as a means of delaying disease progression, managing symptoms and retaining functional mobility. The PowerFit exercise class will enable individuals recently diagnosed with PD to engage in appropriate and effective exercise during the early stages of their condition. Through support from the Parkinson’s Foundation, the POWERFIT class is free of charge.

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

Going on now, in-person—sign up today! Email Jennifer Bradford, Wellness Coordinator, or call 978.867.4147.

Instructors: Marie Lucey, PT, GCS; Kevin Kinnard, DPT; Jennifer Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S.-CPT
Class day/time: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
First Day of Next Class: Wednesday, June 8th
Cost: $80 for 8 classes (8 weeks) 

Persevering in Exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s disease is an entry-level exercise class that delivers effective physical exercise while also challenging and accommodating impairments in cognition by delivering a basic level of exercise. 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.apdaparkinson.org

PEP Plus

Available now in person! To sign up, Email Andrew Walker, Wellness Director, or call 978.867.4134.

Instructors: Jennifer Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S.-CPT, Noelle Goodwin, BS, ACSM-CPT
Class day/time: Mondays 3pm
First Day of Next Class: June 6th
Cost: FREE (8 class commitment (8 weeks))
Runs similarly to PEP, however, the delivery of exercise is more cognitively challenging and physically demanding. Successful participation requires a participant to remember a sequence of coordinated movements in addition to physical intensity to achieve an effective dose of exercise.

iPACES Class!

Available now in person! To sign up, Email Andrew Walker, Wellness Director, or call 978.867.4134.

Instructors: Marie Lucey, PT, GCS; Emily Righter PT, DPT, GCS
Class day/time: Monday & Friday 2-3pm
First Day of Next Class: Friday, March 25th
Cost: FREE!

iPACES™ (interactive Physical and Cognitive Exercise System) utilizes a neuro-exergaming approach for individuals with Parkinson's disease and associated mild to moderate cognitive impairment. The class provides a combination of aerobic and cognitive exercise in a fun and interactive manner with the goal of improving working memory, attention and executive function.

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Functional wellness Class (FWC)

Going on now in a hybrid format (Zoom and in-person)! Sign up today! Email Jennifer Bradford, Wellness Coordinator, or call 978.867.4147 for more information

Instructor: Jennifer Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S.-CPT
Class time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m.
First day of next class: Tuesday, May 16th
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room 
Fitness Level: All levels
Class Pricing (6-class session)
CBMW Members: $60
Community: $75

Designed to offer a simple workout you can do at home, Jen will guide you through a series of basic movements enhancing strength, balance, flexibility and mobility, beginning with a warm-up and ending with a cool down. Learn how to use your own space to become stronger, more mobile and better balanced with the help of this class.

Strength for Better Balance 2.5

Going on now in hybrid format (in-person and on Zoom!) Email Wellness Director, , or call 978.867.4134 for more information

Instructor: Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT, SFS
Class time: Thursdays, 9 a.m.
First day of next class: Thursday, May 26th
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: Hybrid-virtually via Zoom or in-person in the CBMW class space, your choice
Fitness Level: All levels
Class Pricing (8-class session)
CBMW Members: $80
Community: $100

Strength. Balance. Posture. Mobility

Research shows that strength and flexibility are key for functional movement, balance and independence as we age. This 8-week progressive program is designed and led by nationally certified wellness professionals who teach whole-body strength, balance 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 simply a great way for you as a general independent exerciser to learn new movements and better achieve your goals. Muscle-strengthening requires at least 2 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!

Exercise for Low Back Pain

On hiatus due to COVID-19. Email Wellness Director, , or call  978.867.4134 for individual consulting on exercise for low back pain.

Instructor: Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Class time: Thursdays 1 p.m.
Current Class started: 
First day of next class:
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room 
Fitness Level: All levels
Class Pricing 
(Eight-week session)
CBMW Members: $80
Community: $100

Back pain is the number one reason why people miss work in the United States every year.  Have you ever had an incidence of low back pain? Are you currently afraid to work out; are you limited in your daily activity because of back pain? Proper flexibility and strength for stability are imperative for the mitigation and prevention of low back pain. Work with Wellness Director Andrew Walker, as he helps you find the proper balance between flexibility and strength to bring more stability to your spine, workouts and the activities of your life. Through this 8-week class, you will gain perspective and knowledge on how to build a stronger core, trunk and lower back. You will learn how to structure and progress exercises that will safely enhance your posture, body mechanics and ultimately, your life. 

**It's okay to come to class with some back pain; all levels are welcome as we will teach to the class**

**This class will be 50% education and 50% progressive exercise and will include two awesome guest presentations from CBMW Physical Therapist, Heather Lewis, MSPT.**

Strong Bones For Healthy Aging

Email Jennifer Bradford, Wellness Coordinator, or call 978.867.4147 for more information

Instructor: Jennifer Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S.-CPT
Class time: Mondays, 12 p.m.
First day of next class: Monday, May 16th
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room 
Fitness Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Class Pricing (Eight-week session)
CBMW Members: $80
Community: $100

  • Strengthen your bones
  • Decrease your risk of fractures
  • Increase your stability and confidence
  • Strengthen your core musculature

Get to know your body better! Mat Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the whole body. This 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. This program has been modified for those who are diagnosed with osteoporosis. Participants need to be comfortable with getting down on the floor and back up, lying on their backs and being on their hands and knees. 

Tai Chi

Going on now in a hybrid format (Zoom and in-person)! Sign up today! Email Jennifer Bradford, Wellness Coordinator, or call 978.867.4147 for more information

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Class time: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.
First day of next class: Wednesday, May 25th
Instructor: Jen Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Fitness Floor
Fitness Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Class Pricing (Eight-week session)
CBMW Members: $80
Community: $100

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 that puts very little stress on muscles and joints. As a strategy to address fall 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 fall 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!

Mat Pilates

Email Jennifer Bradford, Wellness Coordinator, or call 978.867.4147 for more information

Class time: Fridays, 12:00 p.m.
First day of next class: (Interest dependent)
Instructor: Jen Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Fitness Floor
Fitness Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Class Pricing (Eight-week session)
CBMW Members: $80
Community: $100

Know your body better!

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Breathing
  • Focus
  • Injury prevention, management, rehabilitation
  • Whole-body coordination

Get to know your body better! Mat Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the whole body. This 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. This program has been modified for those who are diagnosed with osteoporosis. Participants need to be comfortable with getting down on the floor and back up, lying on their backs and being on their hands and knees. 

Cardio Core

Email Jennifer Bradford, Wellness Coordinator, or call 978.867.4147 for more information

Class time: Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Current class started:
First day of next class: Start date to be determined by the volume of response/interest
Instructor: Jennifer Bradford, BA, W.I.T.T.S-Certified Personal Trainer
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room and Wellness Floor
Fitness Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Class Pricing (Eight-week session)
CBMW Members: $80
Community: $100

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.
 


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