FITNESS CLASSES WITH MEL AND DESCRIPTION

Updated on November 5th, 2022

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Osteofit/Arthritis Class/Get Up and Go: Is a BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre certified exercise, education and falls prevention program for individuals with osteoporosis, low bone density or who are at risk of fractures and falls. Exercise is a proven effective treatment option for people with osteoporosis in combination with medication and nutrition.

Chair Yoga: This exercise class is perfect for people who want to practice yoga without going on the floor.  We start with a short meditation, breathing exercises, different poses (asanas), balance exercises, standing poses using the chair for balance, stretches to improve flexibility and we complete with another meditation.

Pilates: Learn foundational Pilates principles and key exercises that support good postural alignment, competent core strength and mobile joint function. Be ready to breathe deeper, stand taller and feel more connected and balanced in your body.  This program is not recommended for people with osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Yoga: We start the practice with a short meditation to connect the body and mind together.  After the pranayama exercise (breathing exercise), we continue with different asanas ( yoga poses).  The practice can be a nice flow or holding asanas for a few breathes with a lot of different stretches.  We finish the practice by resting on our backs in savasana.

Hatha Yoga: In this class discover your center through physical movement and breath awareness.  This class will work through a series of postures in order to reduce physical tension, build strength and bring mental clarity. The precise technique of hatha yoga is integrated into a smooth, tension-melting flow.  All levels are welcome!

Power Yoga: We will introduce and explore all of the poses and breathing techniques required to properly execute an effective Power Yoga practice. If you want to improve the function of your body and mind everyday life and learn what “challenging edge” is all about, then this is the class for you.

Yogalates: is a mix of Yoga and Pilates where the focus is mostly on core, posture, body alignment and flexibility.

SIRvivor BC: Prostate Cancer Exercise Program: An evidence informed group-based exercise program for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, run in partnership with the BC Recreation and Parks Association. The program will help to improve body composition, cardio, flexibility, dynamic, balance and muscular endurance. Pre-screening is mandatory. Details with registration.

Strength and Flexibility: This class is suitable for individuals with arthritis, those recovering from injury or illness, as well as the general population. Participants will improve their balance, cardio, strength, endurance, speed, coordination, agility and flexibility. Different equipment will be used: weights, bands, balance pods, balls, mat and chair. Mel gives a lot of different options to keep the exercise class easy with a possibility to make it harder.

Fitness for PD: Fitness for PD is a program designed specifically for those living with Parkinson’s disease and focuses on the foundational skills that help to counteract the symptoms of the disease. All movement are performed with high effort for bigger and faster movements while directing your attention on “how it feels” to use your full movement potential. You will first learn the foundational elements in multiple positions and then you will be challenged physically, cognitively and with intention. The emphasis is on learning what “optimal function” feels like so that you learn to move bigger and faster in your everyday life.

Circuit Training Exercise for all Fitness Levels: Circuit training is a class in which you do one exercise for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then move to the next exercise. The exercise pattern may alternate between an aerobic activity (like skipping) and a muscle-strengthening activity (like using weights or body weight). There are rest times between exercises and exercise sets.

30-Minute HIIT Workout: Cardio and strength intervals (HIIT, Boot Camp style).  All exercise can be adapted and modified following your fitness level or condition.

Aquatic class: Improve your cardiovascular capacity, range of motion, flexibility, balance, core, posture and strength by doing different exercise in the pool (3-4 feet deep).  Excellent exercise program for people with joints replacement, Parkinson disease, arthritis, lose weight or simply to improve your overall well-being.

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