Fitness Classes & Focused Programs

Not sure which class is right for you? Book a 'Fit For Life Physiotherapy Assessment' to learn which classes will help you reach your goals safely.

Fit For Life Program

A unique program designed to be an annual “fit check”

We are in the habit of having regular eye, dental and medical exams… our physical fitness and health shouldn’t be any different!  Make the plan to have your Fit For Life assessment done each year to ensure you can safely continue with the physical and social activities you love!

To begin this program, you schedule a Fit For Life assessment with a Physiotherapist.  During this visit, the physiotherapist will talk to you about any areas of concern you currently have, your current activities and your activity goals.  The Physiotherapist will then do a full body scanning examination of your movement patterns, muscle strength, flexibility and balance to look for any issues that may prevent you from reaching your goals.  At the end of the assessment, the Physiotherapist will discuss the findings and whether or not any intervention is recommended. 

Possible outcomes of the Fit For Life assessment include:

• Congratulations and a handshake!  All is looking good, see you next year!
• Referral to one of the small group fitness classes led by a healthcare provider at Zoomers
• Initiation of an individualized supervised exercise program at Zoomers; the program is designed by your Physiotherapist at a follow up appointment.  Then, you attend the clinic 1-3 times weekly to do your exercises with the supervision and assistance of our Kinesiologist.  You will follow up with the physiotherapist after a pre-determined number of sessions/weeks or earlier if needed.   This is Zoomers Personal Training!
• Initiation of a course of physiotherapy, massage therapy or occupational therapy  treatment for a specific injury identified.

Falls Prevention Program

Have you had a recent fall?  Is a fear of falling limiting you from enjoying the activities you love? 

Come in to Zoomers to have a falls risk screening assessment with one of our Physiotherapists. The assessment will include a discussion of your medical history (including history of falls) and a physical evaluation of  your static (standing) and dynamic (moving) balance.  Specific tests will be done to use as a baseline for comparison with future evaluations.

Possible outcomes of the Falls Prevention assessment include:

•Congratulations and a handshake! All is looking good, see you next year!
• Initiation of a physiotherapy treatment program
• Referral to one of the small group fitness classes led by a healthcare provider at Zoomers with a suggested timeline for a recheck of your balance after 6-8 weeks of classes
•Referral to an Occupational Therapist regarding home safety and adaptive device/gait aid recommendations

Tai Chi (Sun Style) for Arthritis and Falls Prevention (pre-registration required)

8 weeks / 45min per week

This 8 week beginner program will introduce you to the gentle movements of Tai Chi

Research has shown these movements can reduce pain, improve function and decrease the risk of falls. Visit taichiforhealthinstitute.org for more information.

Each week you will review the past week’s lesson and learn the next movement in the sequence; because it is progressive in nature, you must register for the full 8 week course.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate for anyone interested in beginning gentle exercise that is designed to limit stress on the joints while increasing muscle strength, coordination and balance.

Pre-requisites

None!  This class can be easily adapted to the seated position if that is more manageable for you.

Fit For Life Community Balance (Drop In)

45min Drop-In Class

This 45 minute drop-in class is designed to challenge your body to adapt to varying situations to improve your balance.

A general warm up will be followed by dynamic (walking) and static (standing) balance challenges; a cool down and gentle stretches will be done at the conclusion of the class.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate for anyone who is noticing a change in the ability to feel steady on their feet. If you are finding you are fearful of falling because of this feeling of unease, a history of falling or you are recovering (recovered) from an injury, this class is a great fit for you!

Pre-requisites

To ensure safety and maximize your benefit, you should be able to walk without the use of any gait aids (cane, crutches etc) to attend this class. If you do need a gait aid for walking, consider registering for the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Class.

Fit For Life Strength and Mobility (Drop In)

45min Drop-In Class

This 45 minute drop-in class provides an opportunity to improve your cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and general mobility.

Age-appropriate exercises will be done with the supervision of a healthcare provider to ensure your safety.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate if you are looking for an opportunity to improve your overall fitness in a relaxed group setting.

Pre-requisites

Initial assessment with a Zoomers Physiotherapist is recommended (but not required); this will allow the class instructor to provide appropriate, individualized modifications to exercises as necessary to maximize your enjoyment and safety.

Fit For Life Full Body Flexibility (Drop In)

45min Drop-In Class

This 45 minute drop-in class focuses on stretching the most common areas of muscular tightness to improve comfort and mobility.

The class will begin with light cardiovascular exercise to stimulate blood flow to the muscles; the remainder of the class will include movement patterns that promote flexibility and static (long, held) muscle stretching.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate if you are feeling generalized tightness or reduced flexibility in your muscles and joints.

Pre-requisites

Initial assessment with a Zoomers Physiotherapist is recommended (but not required); this will allow the class instructor to provide appropriate, individualized modifications to exercises as necessary to maximize your enjoyment and safety.

Fit For Life Bone Density Builder (Drop In)

45min Drop-In Class

This 45 minute drop-in class provides an opportunity to exercise safely despite your diagnosis of Osteopenia or mild to moderate Osteoporosis.

Exercises will be designed to encourage building bone density and preventing falls to minimize your risk of fracture.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate if you have a family history of Osteoporosis or you have been diagnosed with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.

Pre-requisites

Initial assessment with a Zoomers Physiotherapist is recommended (but not required); this will allow the class instructor to provide appropriate, individualized modifications to exercises as necessary to maximize your enjoyment and safety

Fit For Life Fibromyalgia Management (Drop In)

45min Drop-In Class

This 45 minute drop-in class will help you rev up your energy and manage the pain associated with your Fibromyalgia.

You will be encouraged to participate at your own pace in this supportive small group class.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate if you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and are interested in using exercise as a self management tool.

Pre-requisites

Initial assessment with a Zoomers Physiotherapist is recommended (but not required); this will allow the class instructor to provide appropriate, individualized modifications to exercises as necessary to maximize your enjoyment and safety