Exercise Programs & Changing Aging

Designed by the UBC School of Kinesiology, 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 calendar and register here.

This 55+ evidence-based program is a specialty class for older adults. It focuses on strength, mobility, and cardiovascular health through muscle- and bone-strengthening exercises followed by intervals of aerobic exercise. Additional focuses include exercises to improve change of direction, reaction time and core stability. 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 4 multi-joint resistance exercises targeting major muscle groups and 20 minutes of moderate intensity continuous exercise or three 5 minute bouts of vigorous intensity.

Features:

Exercise in a safe space with other like-minded adults and supportive instructors

Strengthen muscles used in activities of daily living

Practice change of direction, reaction time and stability drills to improve walking confidence

An online Get Active Questionnaire is required prior to registration. If the participant answers YES to any questions, they must speak with the BodyWorks Exercise Physiologist.

To Register:

  1. Visit our FAQ page. It contains critical information you will need to know and be comfortable with prior to registration
  2. View and search for all program details in our New Online Calendar
  3. Visit the Osborne Registration Office or call 604-822-0207

This 55+ evidence-based program is a specialty class for older adults. It focuses on strength, mobility, and cardiovascular health through muscle- and bone-strengthening exercises followed by intervals of aerobic exercise. Additional focuses include exercises to improve change of direction, reaction time and core stability. 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 4 multi-joint resistance exercises targeting major muscle groups and 20 minutes of moderate intensity continuous exercise or three 5 minute bouts of vigorous intensity.

Features:

Exercise in a safe space with other like-minded adults and supportive instructors

Strengthen muscles used in activities of daily living

Practice change of direction, reaction time and stability drills to improve walking confidence

An online Get Active Questionnaire is required prior to registration. If the participant answers YES to any questions, they must speak with the BodyWorks Exercise Physiologist.

Location: Kerrisdale Community Centre 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6M 3W9

Registration: For a complete program schedule, prices, and to register, please contact or visit the Kerrisdale Community Centre, or call 604-257-810

View and search for all program details in our New Online Calendar.

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+ 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

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 Calendar

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