The MUSC Wellness Center provides several programs focusing on the 50+ age group. All ages are welcome in these programs which focus on functional and structural changes that take place in the body associated with the aging process. Staying fit at all ages will help the body endure stress, decrease the risk of chronic disease, and promote good health and well being. These exercise programs will also help the body perform daily tasks more efficiently, rejuvenate muscle tissue, and still have energy left over for enjoyment of leisure time. Members are welcome at anytime. Instructors will orient new members to the exercises and modifications.
Karen's Class This group exercise class is taught by Karen Theos, certified Senior Fitness instructor with 25 years experience. This class is designed for ages 50 years and over and focuses on agility, balance, coordination, endurance, stretching, and strength training. Physician clearance is required. All abilities are welcome at any time. Modifications are taught for participants who are limited in range of motion or mobility. Equipment used includes steps, dumbbells, weighted balls, resistance bands, weighted bars, and exercise balls, and other props. This class is done to music as a group. Class schedule: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
S.T.A.E. Fit (Strength Training and Aerobic Exercise) – Healthy MUSCles for Seniors! This program combines strength, aerobics, flexibility, and balance exercises. The class follows an easy progression beginning with stretching, abdominal, back, and balance exercises. This is followed by 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise using the indoor or outdoor track, and equipment such as the treadmill, elliptical trainer, Nustep, and various steppers and bikes. The strength training exercises include resistance tubing, dumbbells, weighted bars, exercise balls and body weight exercises. Safety, proper training techniques, strength, endurance, balance, and range of motion are all important aspects of the program. Physician clearance is required for the program. The program is not for rehabilitation or physical therapy purposes. It is intended to keep senior adults physically active, healthy, prevent injury, and improve the quality of life. Class schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.