Group Exercise

Group Fitness ClassesThere is no denying the importance of physical activity for older adults and group exercise classes can meet those needs. These classes not only offer fantastic health benefits but they also provide a great social activity. All classes use a chair for seated and/or standing support.

You can experience the fun and excitement by selecting an exercise class at either a local community center, independent or assisted living center. If you are an older adult facility looking to add to your program offerings, be sure to contact Forward Fitness for more information.

Functional Living Everyday ExercisesFunctional Living Everyday Exercises (FLEE)

Be Functional Be Fit

This fun and exciting program encourages physical activity to improve balance, mobility, and strength. Learn how functional fitness exercises can help in performing activities of daily living. Enjoy an array of equipment as you participate in resistance exercises to help improve lower and upper body strength, balance challenges to help reduce the risk of falls, range of motion activities to improve flexibility, and an obstacle course challenge that mimics activities of daily life. Led by a trained Functional Aging Specialist (FAI)

Day | Thursdays (6 sessions – Williamsville Community Ed.)
Dates | November 7 – December 19, 2019
Time | 9:30 – 10:30am
Location | American Academy of Ballet (Dashes Plaza) | 491 W. Klein Rd.

Day | Mondays
Dates | Sept 9 – December 16, 2019
Time | 10:00 – 11:00am
Location | Amherst Senior Center | 370 John James Audubon Pkwy.

Functional Aging Institute

Drums AliveDrums Alive© – Drumming for Fitness

A new dimension of fitness which combines traditional aerobic movements with the powerful beat and rhythm of the drums. Unleash your inner rock star as you use a large stability ball and a pair of drumsticks to create a whole-body experience - increase your endurance and awaken the brain. You will also have the opportunity to perform a variety of movements and strength exercises while using the stability ball. Taught by a Certified Drums Alive Instructor.

Drums Alive

Strength and BalanceStrength and Balance

This motivating program encourages physical activity to improve balance, mobility, and strength. Learn how functional fitness exercises can help you in performing activities of daily living. Enjoy an assortment of equipment as you participate in resistance exercises to help improve lower and upper body strength, balance challenges to help reduce the risk of falls, and range of motion activities to improve flexibility.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise ProgramArthritis Foundation Exercise Program

This effective low impact physical activity program is suitable for people with arthritis and proven to reduce pain. The sessions include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability. This exercise program will help keep joints flexible, muscles strong, increase energy and decrease stiffness. Led by a trained program leader.

Arthritis Foundation

Forward Fitness by JillForward Fitness by Jill

This class is designed for individuals who have been inactive for some time and just want to participate in a fun group fitness class. Enjoy an assortment of exciting innovative equipment as you perform a variety of exercises that help increase strength, range of movement, and endurance. Class is safe, effective, and meets the needs of an individual’s mobility and health limitations. If you have arthritis, joint challenges, or just want to keep moving, this class is for you!

Day | Thursdays (6 sessions - Williamsville Community Ed)
Dates | November 7 – December 19, 2019
Time | 11am – 12pm
Location | American Academy of Ballet (Dashes Plaza) | 491 W. Klein Rd.

ROM StickROM Stick

With muscles and joints weakening and range of movement deteriorating as we age, the Rom Stick is the perfect tool to help improve range of motion and increase movement. The ROM stick is easy to hold and can help maintain normal joint function and keep bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy. Improve flexibility and increase circulation and blood flow to help make everyday activities easier.

Nordic WalkingNordic Walking

Nordic walking uses two specially designed poles to work the upper body while walking. This total body workout is a cross between cross country skiing and fitness walking. Proper use of the poles and arm motion encourages good posture, and helps strengthen the upper body. Learn the correct Nordic walking technique and enjoy all the great benefits that Nordic walking has to offer.

Trekking poles are encouraged for those individuals who have serious joint issues.

Nordic Walking