Fitness Classes & Changing Aging

BodyWorks Fitness Center and Program Update

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Designed by the UBC School of Kineiology, we offer a variety of classes suited to your individual needs. Please review the class options below and contact us if you have any questions. You can also view our online calender and register here.

 

Please refer to our home page announcements for more information regarding registration.

 

When are the classes offered?

View and and search for all program details in our New Online Calender

 

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Current and Non current BodyWorks Members
  • Have device with webcam capable of running ZOOM
  • Comfortable exercising without a trainer physically present
  • Those cleared for exercise (PARQ+)

 

What do the classes entail?

Each class is 55 min and designed using the latest research evidence to help you meet Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines while having fun with other members.

Classes include moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic activity, muscle and bone strengthen exercise as well as activities to improve balance (Changing Aging).

For more information about our classes and what one is best fit for you, please visit our Fitness Classes Info page

 

How are the classes being delivered?

Our classes will be delivered via ZOOM platform. Our assessment of choosing this platform included collecting feedback from other online class instructors and programs who have successfully adopted it into their services.

Each class will have one senior level instructor, in addition to multiple volunteers to ensure we are offering exceptional support to participants.

An email with instructions will be sent out to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the first class. This will include how to log into Zoom, and our safety protocols around what is required of you to have for each online session.

 

Will I need equipment or a specific space?

All participants will be required to have at least a space that they can move freely in, along with a chair and a wall. Weights are not required, but other weighted objects will be suggested (i.e. water filled milk jugs, canned goods).

 

For additional information please read the BodyWorks Online - Participant Guide

This class for all adults 18+ involves a full-body strength-endurance focus that includes a variety of agility and reaction drills requiring you to bound and complete off-centred exercises. It involves loading multi-joint movements with moderate difficulty in order to achieve a moderate to vigorous (6-7) heart rate for a , or bouts of 10 minutes of vigorous intensity.

Your core and balance will be targeted through a variety of exercises, you should be comfortable with quickly getting up and down from the floor and performing jumping drills. As we cover at least 8-10 multi-joint exercises, it’s important for you to be able to keep pace with the instructor and participants to achieve the target heart rate intensity.

  • Targeted Intensity of 5-6 for at least 40/60 minutes
  • 2x a week of resistance exercise (recommended guidelines)
  • Social connection with other participants
  • Visual and audio cues guiding you through proper functional movements to achieve overall balance of stability and mobility
  • Improvement in cardio and strength with gradual increase work time and load

This 50+ class, now blended with Changing Aging +, involves a full-body strength-endurance focus that includes a variety of modified agility and reaction drills requiring you to work on balance, core and coordination. F050 involves light loading multi-joint movements with moderate difficulty in order to achieve a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous heart rate (6-7 RPE) or three 10 minute bouts of vigorous exercise.

Participants must be able to get up and down from the floor without difficulty but may require some modifications for some exercises to support neck/core/back. As we cover at least 8-10 multi-joint exercises, it’s important to keep a relative pace with the instructor to maintain the target heart rate intensity.

  • Targeted intensity of 4-6 for at least 40/60 minutes
  • 2x a week of resistance exercise
  • Social connection with other participants
  • Improvement in aerobic and strength-endurance components
  • Challenging core, balance and activation of supportive muscle groups

  • Targeted intensity of 4-6 for at least 30 minutes
  • 2x a week of resistance exercise
  • Social connection with other participants
  • Improvement in aerobic and strength-endurance components
  • Challenging core, lower body strength and endurance, and overall cardio

This 65+ evidence-based program is a specialty class for older adults. It focuses on full-body strength-endurance that involves functional movements catering to activities of daily living, in addition to challenging agility, reaction time skills, core stability and mobility. Modifications are provided to accommodate different abilities and limitations.

Some exercise will take place on the floor but transitions will be limited to 1-2 per class and standing modification will be provided if required. This class will include at least 6-8 multi-joint exercises covering major muscle groups and will aim to maintain the moderate target heart rate intensity (5-6 RPE) for at least 30 minutes, or three 5 minute bouts of vigorous intensity.

  • Target intensity of 5-6 for at least 30/60 minutes
  • 2x a week of weight lifting
  • Social connection with other participants
  • Functional movement patterns for independency of activities of daily living
  • Targeted core, balance, and activation of supporting muscle groups

An online PARQ+ with full clearance is required prior to registration. If the participant answers YES to any questions, they must seek medical clearance from their doctor.

This 65+ seated and supported standing (wall, chair) exercise class provides participants with a slower pace to accommodate limited mobility, stability and/or . Each exercise will include modifications for different ability levels.

This class will involve 6-8 exercises covering major muscle groups at a low to moderate exercise intensity (4-5) and ample rest periods. Participants will have their balance, core control and strength challenged. As a minimum participants should be able to rise from a chair without the assistance of their arms and stand unsupported for 30 seconds.

  • Targeted intensity of 4-5 for at least 30/60 minutes
  • 2x a week of weight lifting
  • Social connection with other participants
  • Targeted improvements or maintenance of functional movement patterns for independency of activities of daily living
  • Targeted core, balance, and activation of supporting muscle groups

Fit Over 50, Changing Aging and Changing Aging+ are offered at our partner community centres.

UBC BodyWorks is proud to partner with Dunbar and Kerrisdale Community Centre as an alternative location to experience our programs outside of UBC. Community Centre classes are taught by UBC BodyWorks Fitness Instructors who have specialized training to work with aging and clinical populations.

To register, please contact the community centre of your choice directly.

  • Kerrisdale Community Centre: 604-257-8100
  • Dunbar Community Centre: 604-222-6060
  • Kitsilano Community Centre: 604-257-6976

For class schedules at Dunbar Community Centre, Kerrisdale Community Centre, and Kitsilano Community Centre, please contact those facilities directly.

Before we have you come in for your fitness class we require some paperwork. The paperwork is essential for us to be able to do what we do best and keep you safe.

In addition to registering through the community centre, new Changing Aging participants require a Medical Referral Form IF they've answered YES to any questions on the online PARQ+ form. An intake appointment is also mandatory prior to registration.