StrongBodies Classes

STRONGBODIES

UPDATED AUGUST 6, 2020

An evidence-based Strength Training Program for women and men of all ages, with a special emphasis on those 40 years of age and older.

A new online class session will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. starting Wednesday, September 9. There will be no fee for the class, but participants need to enroll using this Google form.

It is preferable that participants have their own weights, but we may be able to loan weights to those who cannot get them. Contact the Taylor County -Extension office (748-748-3327 x2 or x3) for more information about this or other aspects of the program or email michelle.grimm@wisc.edu.

This Strength Training Program includes:

  • progressive resistance training
  • balance training
  • flexibility exercises

Each class begins with a short warm-up that may include walking, marching, or light calisthenics, e.g. toe touches. Two different sets of resistance training routines, each with eight to ten exercises, work all of the major muscles groups, using a combination of dumbbells, adjustable ankle weights, and body weight. Classes conclude with a short cool-down that includes upper and lower body stretching exercises.

Benefits include:

  • Increased muscle mass and strength
  • Improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures
  • Reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity
  • Improved self-confidence, sleep, and vitality