Our Seniors Wellness Program is a purpose-built, supervised group training program that addresses the broad range of health and wellbeing needs of those over 55 years of age. We offer four different classes each with proven benefits to strengthen muscle tissue and reduce the chance of injury and osteoporosis.
Classes are included in any Silver (Group Fitness) or Gold pass but can also be attended on a per class basis by community members without a gym pass.
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Classes are included in any Silver (Group Fitness) or Gold pass. Alternatively, if you are not a current gym pass holder, you may still attend our classes more sporadically by becoming an annual SUSF member ($50) and then paying $10.50 per class. You can also purchase a Seniors 10 visit pass for $100.
If you are not an annual member pass holder you may attend the classes for $15 per session.
We offer four different types of classes within the seniors wellness program:
The Works – the complete all rounder!
This workout is targeted at maintaining and improving the 3 types of training (strength, flexibility and balance training) which are essential for keeping active, strong and independent as a senior. The class starts off with a quick 5-minute warm-up consisting of dynamic stretching before moving onto a 25-minute full body resistance training program which has exercises grouped into pairs, repeated for 2 rounds (40s of work, 20s of rest). The exercises are grouped to ensure adequate rest time for each muscle group before repeating the same exercise for a second round. (e.g. while the legs are working hard during lunges, the shoulders get a rest from external rotations before the round is repeated again). Following the strength component, the workout moves on to full body static stretching where each stretch is held for 30s before moving on to the next stretch. The class rounds off balance training where the exercises are carefully selected to ensure they are functional, through mimicking challenges that may be faced in day to day living due to poor/reduced balance.
Beginners Seniors Circuit
Held in a circuit format, this class incorporates gentle upper and lower body weights with abdominal, core strength, balance and flexibility exercises. It is the perfect way to gently introduce your body to regular exercise routine and is suitable for all levels of fitness and mobility.
Your body learns what you teach it! This low impact class used bands and hand weights to teach postural awareness and improve your functional core strength while balancing and aligning the spine. The use of bouncing balls helps improve co-cordination and makes for an enjoyable and energizing class.
Stretch N Balance
Increase your body awareness by improving your balance and posture. This class aims to develop flexibility and strength through flowing movements, integrated breathing and relaxation. This class is perfect to refresh and rejuvenate the body.
Enjoy the benefits of land exercise without the impact. Water reduces the impact by supporting up to 85% of your body weight and provides 15 times the resistance of air. This makes Aqua Aerobics suitable for beginners or those wanting a full body workout without the stress on the joints. It is suitable and available to people of all ages, although water confidence is required.
- Improved bone density and the reduction in incidence of osteoporosis
- Increased lean muscle tissue and strength
- Alleviate stress and anxiety
- Falls prevention and increased balance and muscular control
- Improving pelvic floor and core stability
Esra is one of our exercise physiologists and has marked her place here at Sydney Uni with her lovely and caring nature and unique new class ‘The works’.
Cris’ background involves both nursing and teaching and Cris has worked at Sydney Uni for the past 27 years. Cris completes at a very high-level in athletics and has won multiple medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m disciplines at recent World Masters Games and has conquered the Balmoral Burn in record-breaking time. In 2010 Cris completed a Diploma in Aged Care and Health and remains very passionate about senior’s wellness. Cris has years of experience in group fitness instruction for various age groups and abilities.
Kathy has been practicing Hatha Yoga for 20 years and is a graduate from Ki Yoga Teacher Training. Kathy is an avid runner and competes in cross country championships at an international level. Using both yoga and running fitness, Kathy integrates mindful and functional core awareness into her Stretch ‘n’ Balance class structure.
John ‘Sparrow’ Dowse
After receiving the enrolment into a Personal Training Certification course for his 70th birthday from his children, Sparrow combines his knowledge of fitness training, his ability to relate to his fellow seniors and a passion for helping people, and has now become a highly-recognised Seniors fitness trainer across the industry. A former Wallaby himself, Sparrow has remained active through his senior years and is regularly seen down at Bondi Icebergs swimming laps and also enjoying a round of golf around NSW Golf Club. Since Sparrow’s involvement in the SUSF Seniors Wellness Program the program has grown from strength to strength.