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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 away from the center and more! We'll continue updating this resource, so you will have no problem finding ways to stay healthy 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.

Parkinson's Wellness Group

Postponed due to COVID-19. Please email instructor , MSPT, for details. 

Instructor: Alison Stallings, MSPT
Class day/time: Mondays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Class dates: March 16–May 1

Developed and led by physical therapists and supported by student volunteers, this class offers individuals with Parkinson’s disease the opportunity to exercise with peers. Participants will learn and practice important and appropriate exercises to improve function through flexibility, strength, postural and cardiovascular exercise.

Over the last decade, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of studies demonstrating the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson’s Disease, especially the importance of long term exercise to reduce disability. Exercise studies consistently reveal that people with Parkinson’s Disease can improve walking, increase strength, enhance fitness and quality of life. Consistent with those studies, we seek to provide supportive, group classes in addition to physical therapy to empower individuals through effective exercise.

Please consider joining us!

Strength for Better Balance Level 1

On hiatus due to COVID-19

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.

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

Going on now, virtually—sign up today! Email , Wellness Coordinator, or call her at 978.867.4147.

Instructors: Marie Lucey, PT, GCS; Kevin Kinnard, DPT; Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT, SFS
Virtual Class day/time: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Current Virtual Class started: Wednesday, May 13
First Day of Next Virtual Class: Next virtual class is Wednesday, May 15
Cost: $80 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.apdaparkinson.org

class at CBMW

Going on now virtually! Email Wellness Director, , or call 978.867.4134 to sign up today!

NEW VIRTUAL CLASS!—Functional Wellness Class (FWC)

Instructor: Jennifer Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S.-CPT
Virtual class time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m.
First day of next virtual class: Thursday, July14
Virtual Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room 
Fitness Level: All levels

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.

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

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 low 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

Going on now virtually! Email Wellness Director, , or call  978.867.4134 to sign up today!

Instructor: Jennifer Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S.-CPT
Virtual class time: Mondays, 1 p.m.
First day of next virtual class: Monday, July 13
Virtual Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room 
Fitness Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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

Studies have shown that one in three women and one in five men that are 50+ are at risk of osteoporotic fracture. Strong Bones for Healthy Aging is an eight-week course based on bone-strengthening, weight-bearing and postural strengthening exercises. You will learn how to strengthen your bones with a variety of exercises that focus on good posture, strength, movement, flexibility and balance. This class is specifically for people with clinically defined or suspected Low Bone Density (Osteopenia or Osteoporosis) or who want a low impact exercise program that is gentle yet challenging for their bodies.

Strength for Better Balance Level 2.5

On hiatus due to COVID-19. Watch our "Strength for Balance 2.5" sample video and follow along in the comfort of your own home!

Instructor: Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Class time: Thursdays, 8 a.m.
Current class started:
First day of next class: 
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!

Mat Pilates

Going on now virtually! Email Wellness Director, , or call  978.867.4134 to sign up today!

Virtual Class time: Fridays, 1 p.m.
First day of next virtual class: Friday, July 17
Instructor: Jen Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S.-CPT
Virtual Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room
Fitness Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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 virtually! Email Wellness Director, , or call  978.867.4134 to sign up today!

Virtual Class time: Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
First day of next virtual class: Wednesday, June 24
Instructor: Jen Bradford, BA, W.I.T.S-CPT
Virtual 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 that 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!

Cardio Core

On hiatus due to COVID-19.

Class time: Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Current class started: Thursday, September 12
First day of next class: Thursday, start date to be determined by volume of response
Instructor: Cara Hamilton, BS
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


Become a Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness member ➔

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