Fitness

No matter what your age or ability, remaining physically fit is very important. Reinforcing a healthy lifestyle by staying active and involved enhances your “encore years”.

Our licensed instructors offer evidence based programs for improved strength, flexibility and balance. 

Current schedule of classes are listed below.  Check back or watch for updates in the next issue of Berks Encore News.

 

How about trying a virtual fitness class!?!

Berks Encore has teamed up with some of our instructors to provide virtual exercise classes for those of you that aren’t quite ready to come back to one of our community centers. The same classes you loved at our centers, you can do in the safety of your own home. Contact Andrea Gebely to register at 610-488-5770 or agebely@berksencore.org.

Monday @9 a.m.: Virtual EnerCHI Instructor Tim Kreider. A spin on Tai Chi using proven poses to improve balance, strengthen muscles and help members find their inner CHI. Low impact and modifications are provided to lower or raise intensity.

Tuesday @ 9 a.m.: Virtual Zumba Gold  Instructor: Aida Behler. This class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.

Tuesday @ 10 a.m.: Virtual Tai Chi I Instructor Jan Gyomber. Low impact exercise method involving slow movements and breathing to improve balance and strengthen muscles.

Tuesday @ 11 a.m.: Virtual Tai Chi II Instructor Jan Gyomber. Low impact exercise method involving slow movements and breathing to improve balance and strengthen muscles.

Wednesday @ 11 a.m. – Virtual FABS  Instructor: Lynn & Tim Kreider, LJ’s Fitness. This class focuses on Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength using popular songs.

Thursday @ 10:15 a.m.  – Virtual Chair Yoga.

Friday @ 10 a.m.: Virtual Zumba Gold  Instructor: Aida Behler. This class is now being offered twice a week – Tuesday & Friday. See class description above.

Friday @ 11 a.m. – Virtual FABS  Instructor: Lynn & Tim Kreider, LJ’s Fitness. This class focuses on Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength using popular songs.

Friday @ 1 p.m. – Virtual Chair Zumba Instructor: Victoria Milillo. These classes are designed specifically for people with limited mobility, people with balance issues, and anyone who wants a great seated workout. Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility & balance.

To get the link to participate, contact Andrea at 610-488-5770 or agebely@berksencore.org

 

Resources to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

We will start to bring some of our Health & Wellness back in person to our centers. You also have the option to join a  zoom class.  Register with Kathy Roberts 484-388-3196 or email kroberts@berksencore.org and she will provide instructions for accessing the classes.

Health & Wellness Class Schedule: 

Power Hour- 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Wednesday & Friday.  Use handweights, dynabands and body weight resistance to get in shape. Work the upper body, lower body and core.

Healthy Steps in Motion –using paper plates and dynabands, this program targets flexibility, balance and strength to reduce your risk of falls. Two programs, mornings & afternoons, Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Berks Encore Douglassville, 2144 Weavertown Rd.  9:30 – 10:30 am. May 4 through July 1.

New Life Bible Fellowship Church, 2960 W. Philadelphia Ave., Oley  12:30 – 1:30 pm. May 4 through July 1.

Walk with Ease – award winning Arthritis Foundation fitness program that will help improve balance, reduce risk for falls, and lower your risk for heart disease. Walk with friends and neighbors, meet new people and make new friends! At 2 locations on Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:30 – 10:30 am. Classes start Monday May 3 through Monday June 29.

  • Self-paced group walks
  • Motivational tools
  • Strategies to set and monitor realistic goals for improving fitness
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises to protect joints and minimize pain.

Berks Encore Strausstown, 44 East Ave.

Berks Encore Douglassville,  2144 Weavertown Rd.

Healthy Cooking =Healthy Eating.  One hour zoom program Wednesday May 26 from 10:00-11:00 am.  Get outside and fire up the grill! Easy and complete meals on one tray.

Register for any of the health & wellness programs by calling Kathy 484-388-3196 or email kroberts@berksencore.org. You can also call the center to register.

 

Video programs

Here are some more suggestions to stay active while you are staying at home.  Follow along as Kathy Roberts, Health & Wellness coordinator offers some suggestions to keep you moving. Her 30 minute Movement is Medicine videos were broadcast on BCTV and are available here. Follow along anytime you have 30 minutes.

April Balance program

May Strength program

June Movement is Medicine

July Dancing for Exercise

 

Each of our six centers offers a variety of fitness activities, opportunity for creativity and social interaction.  While all of our in person programs are cancelled right now, the following is a list of activities that we have offered. In addition, Berks Encore has partnered with area facilities to offer even more classes, including:

  • Aerobics
  • Billiards
  • Chair Yoga
  • Exercise Bike
  • Fitness Room
  • Line Dancing
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sit and Get Fit
  • Strength & Balance Training
  • Table Tennis
  • Tai Chi
  • Treadmill
  • Walking Clubs
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
Looking for a fitness program that’s right for you? Contact Berks Encore today