Fitness at the Uplands – Spring Session – March to June, 2023
Weekly Fitness Class Descriptions - listed chronologically
Cardio Classes These are in-person classes, held in the upstairs Lounge at the Uplands Rec Centre.
Cardio Muscle Works... Monday mornings 9:30-10:30 a.m. Instructor: Karen Hagen
Kick off your week with cardio intervals and a total body muscle workout designed for all ages and abilities. This class has cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and an extra long stretching component. If you have an injury or are new to exercise, our Fitness Coach Karen Hagen can easily modify any movement to make sure you still get the calorie burn, weight loss and strength or toning results you’re looking for. Come and experience a variety of exercises and formats that will ensure your Monday morning workout is a challenging one that gives you lots of energy for the week ahead. Participants are required to bring their own mats.
Cardio, Core & More... Wednesday mornings 9:30-10:30 a.m. Instructor: Val Hampton-Mumford
Specifically designed for the active 50+ enthusiast who seeks a well-rounded workout, or those new to fitness or recovering from injury. Each session will contain all components of fitness, including warm-up, cardiovascular workout, muscular strength & endurance (M.S.E.) exercises, a core-focused segment, conducted mainly on the floor, & a good stretch at the end of the workout. This class may improve flexibility, balance & postural alignment, help maintain bone density & reduce pain associated with arthritis. But foremost, this workout will be functional & a bunch of fun! Participants are required to bring their own yoga mats.
Total Body Tabata... Friday mornings 9:30-10:30 a.m. Instructor: Michelle Hines
A total body workout that incorporates 20 seconds of hard work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Other mini-interval drills will be added throughout the class to keep it fresh and exciting. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome as you can work at your own pace for 20 seconds without going “all out”. Lots of options and modifications will be introduced. This is a judgement-free, super encouraging class. Participants are required to bring their own mats.
Yoga Classes These are in-person classes, held in the upstairs Lounge at the Uplands Rec Centre.
Yoga for Mind, Body & Spirit … Monday mornings 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Instructor: Susan Dumont
Come practice Iyengar style yoga with a focus on mindfulness, alignment, breath, balance and strength building longer holds. The class is designed to build awareness of our own range of motion, to move our joints (both large and small joints) for flexibility and tone our muscles in asanas (poses) to build strength and balance. The teacher will guide participants and provide modifications of poses as required. All levels welcome. Participants are required to bring their own mats.
Yoga Flow... Monday evenings 7:00-8:00 p.m. Instructor: Veronica Thai
Start your week off with a rejuvenating yoga flow. You'll flow through a variety of poses to explore flexibility, strength and balance. This is good for people who want to energize, open up and stretch out the body. All levels welcome - variations are always provided to make this class as gentle or challenging as you need. Participants are required to bring their own mats.
Mobility and Balance for Seniors … Tuesday afternoons 1:30-2:30 p.m. Instructor: Paola Castillo
Gentle introduction of poses and movement to alleviate stiff joints, tightness in muscles, and to increase overall strength, balance & social interaction. If you experience limited or painful joint mobility, this class is for you as chairs are used to support the practice.
Chair Yoga with Challenge … Thursday afternoons 1:30-2:30 p.m. Instructor: Susan Dumont
Come practice modified Iyengar style yoga. Some of the yoga practice will be seated in a chair. We will practice standing poses using a chair for balance as needed. We will move various parts of the body, focusing on the joints. The warm-up movements activate synovial fluid to lubricate the deeper tissue of the joints; hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow and wrist joints. Synovial fluid is like greasing wheels to promote flexibility and reduce friction in the joints. Our standing poses will focus on alignment, balance, body awareness and strength building through longer holds. We will use our breath to regulate our body and balance in the standing asanas (poses). All ages and levels welcomed. Participants are required to bring their own yoga mats. Chairs will be provided.
Yoga for Strength & Mobility... Sat mornings 10:00-11:00 a.m. Instructor: April Borne
This traditional Iyengar yoga practice focuses on breath work, mobility, strength and achieving the correct alignment for your own body and needs, using different yoga props. Asanas will be held longer in this class. All levels welcome. Participants are required to bring their own mats.