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CBMW 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.

Physical Therapy Specialty Classes

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.

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

Instructors: Lissa Whitley, PT, DPT, Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Class Day/Time: Mondays 11a.m.–12 p.m.
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

Fall-proof Balance Class
First day of next class:
TBA
Instructor: Marie Lucey, PT
Class Length: 1 hour twice a week
Description: An eight-week class designed to improve balance and maintain an active lifestyle. Developed at California State University at Fullerton, this group-based exercise program incorporates a series of progressive balance, mobility, strength and flexibility exercises to encourage better balance and reduce the risk of falls.
For more information, please call 978.867.4095.



Wellness Specialty Classes

Strength for Better Balance Level 2.5
Class time: 
Thursdays, 8 a.m.
First day of next class: August 9th
Instructor: Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room & Wellness Floor
Fitness Level: Beginner–intermediate
Description: 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
Class time: 
Mondays, 9 a.m.
First day of next class: TBD
Instructor: Jen Bradford, BA
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room
Fitness Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Description: Get to know your body better! Mat 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.
First day of next class: July 12th
Instructor: Jen Bradford, BA
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Fitness Floor
Fitness Level: Beginner-intermediate
Description: 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!

Family Fitness (For transporters and caregivers too!)
Class time:
Tuesdays, 8 a.m.
First day of next class: August 7th
Instructor: Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room & Wellness Floor
Fitness Level: Beginner-intermediate
Description: In a simple, informal and fun small group setting, learn basic movements for strengthening and stability while elevating your heart rate for cardiovascular benefit. Designed for family members to take together, we also welcome caregivers and those who transport loved ones to and from the CBMW or who assist with transporting family members in day-to-day life. Throughout the eight weeks of class, you will use your own body weight as a tool for strengthening and enhancing stability. We’ll also various balance implements, steps, bands, dumbbells, physioballs, agility ladders, small hurdles and more. Not sure where to begin when it comes to taking that next small step toward more movement and more family time? Start here with Family Fitness as a fun way to enhance you and your loved one’s well-being.

TRX Suspension Training for Medical Wellness (TBD)
Class time:
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
First day of next class: TBD
Instructor: Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Class Length: 1 hour
Location: CBMW Balance Room
Fitness Level: Beginner-intermediate
Description: Have you ever experienced an injury or diagnosis that prevented you from moving, exercising or doing the things you want or need to do at home or in the community? With a cutting-edge functional training tool, the TRX suspension trainer, you will be shown progressive movements and exercises that will help strengthen your body from the ground up and in space, regardless of your exercise history or history of injury. Manipulating the TRX and your body against gravity, limitless modifications are possible, enabling you to learn more and move more despite your aches, pains and/or physical condition/decondition. Learn more about the TRX suspension trainer ➔

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 .