Senior Programs Successful in Small Community

The Altavista Area YMCA in Altavista, Va., once the smallest town in the U.S. to have a YMCA, offers programs to its members and the community that rival those at larger YMCAs. One of those programs is its senior strength-training program. The six-week program includes a class that meets twice a week for 45 minutes. Each class is limited to 40 people, and registration and a small fee are required. “In most cases, there is a waiting list for each session,” says Maria McCracken, fitness director and class instructor.

Before being allowed to register, a doctor’s release is required for each participant. During the program, participants are given safety tips and alternative exercises for their particular needs. They are also encouraged to work out at their own pace, and stop if they experience any discomfort.

The class includes a warm-up, stretching, strength training, balance exercises and more stretching. Music from the ’40s and ’50s is played, and stretch bands, dumbbells, exercise mats and basketballs are used in each class. Most participants perform at least some of the exercises while sitting. Basketball drills such as dribbling are used to strengthen hand/eye coordination and balance.

Says McCracken, “Many seniors realize the importance of exercise and the value of connecting with other people. This senior strength-training program is showing no signs of slowing down.”

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