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Exercise Classes

Senior Exercise Classes

Exercise classes meet in off-campus locations. If in doubt, please call the SSA Office for information.

Meeting at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC), 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW

Total Body Workout with Carolyn

This class is a full-body workout that incorporates light weights and floor work with a mat. This class is ongoing, with some exceptions. Late registrants are welcome!
Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. View the full event page.

Strength and Balance with Howard

Relearn proper functional movement techniques to increase strength and preserve balance. No mat work. Late registrants are welcome!
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 – 11 a.m. View the full event page.

Meeting at Ballet Petite (BP), 4701 Sangamore Road, Bethesda, MD 20816

No outdoor shoes allowed on ballet floor; participants must bring indoor shoes.

Beginning and Intermediate Tai Chi Chung with Jeffrey Robbins

The ancient Chinese art of tai chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of a busy lifestyle and improve health. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” because it promotes serenity through gentle movements, connecting the mind and body. Research has shown that tai chi practice improves stress management while increasing flexibility, strength, agility, and balance. Practiced for millennia in the Far East, tai chi is now practiced widely in the West as well. Tai Chi veterans welcome to register late. Beginners would benefit from starting at the beginning of a class.
Wednesdays, Noon – 1 p.m. View the full event page.

Qigong with Jeffrey Robbins

Unlike tai chi, which is a martial art, qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) focuses strictly on maintaining good health and preventing and treating many chronic ailments, such as nervousness, muscle strain, high blood pressure and poor circulation. Qigong concentrates on areas such as body structure (correct spine alignment), meditation (calming the mind and relaxing the body) and correct breathing (ensuring proper oxygen intake and expulsion of toxins). This gentle, enjoyable exercise continues to help thousands of people turn back the clock and literally stay “on their feet.” Late registrants are welcome!
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. View the full event page.

Body Awakening with Jeffrey Robbins

Body Awakening focuses on nourishing the chi or energy in the body, thereby building strength and increasing flexibility. These slow, nonimpact movements are easy to learn as they improve respiratory and balance functions of the body, as well as calming and improving your mental concentration. Movements taught include breathing/meditation (qigong/chi kung), stretching and strengthening movements (myung sang) and an introduction to tai chi. In the second half hour, movements are customized for the individual student's needs and goals. The exercises in the Body Awakening class are more challenging physically than those in tai chi or qigong. Late registrants welcome!
Wednesdays, 1 – 2 p.m. View the full event page.

Meeting at Mazza Gallerie

Walking Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Arrive anytime between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m
Ongoing; Members walk in a temperature-controlled, safe and dry environment. Free blood pressure checks and free parking are provided. Cancellations for bad weather follow the Montgomery County school closure schedule (cancelled if school is cancelled or delayed). The Walking Club is a free community service sponsored by Sibley Hospital and Mazza Gallerie. Meets at 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., concourse level.