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

Intro to Tai Chi (Sun Style) for Arthritis and Falls Prevention

6 weeks / 45min per week

This 6 week beginner program will introduce you to the gentle movements of Tai Chi. Sessions are 45 minutes in length, once per week.

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

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 6 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.

Tai Chi (Sun Style) for Arthritis and Falls Prevention - Level 2

6 weeks / 45min per week

This 6 week program will teach you Forms 7-12 in the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention program; sessions are 45 minutes in length, once per week

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 6 week course.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate for anyone interested in continuing their Tai Chi practice using this gentle exercise that is designed to limit stress on the joints while increasing muscle strength, coordination and balance.

Pre-requisites

You must have taken Intro to Tai Chi at Zoomers to register for this class.

Balance 1.0 with Trish

4 weeks, twice a week

This 4 week (twice per week) workshop-style class will introduce you to balance exercises and provide helpful insights into improving your safety and stability at home.

Exercises will focus on leg strength and training your reflexive reactions when your balance is challenged.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate for you if you’ve recently had a fall, are fearful of falling and/or are using a mobility aid (such as a cane or walker).

Pre-requisites

None! If you have any questions or concerns, call the clinic or consider booking a physiotherapy assessment to ensure it is the right fit for you.

Balance Class 2.0 with Kate

6 weeks / 45min class

This 6 week fun 45-minute class will improve your ability to stay upright!

You will get a chance to work on a variety of balance-challenging equipment as well as increasing your lower body and core strength.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate if you are looking for an opportunity to improve your balance and agility in a relaxed group setting. This is a great fit for increasing your confidence in walking on uneven ground or hitting the courts for tennis, pickle ball and more!

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

For this class, you must be able to walk confidently without the use of any mobility aids (cane, crutches etc). If you do need a mobility aid for walking, consider registering for the Intro to Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention or Balance 1.0 Class.

Strength Class with Kate

6 weeks

This 6 week fun 45-minute class will boost your strength and body alignment.

You will get a chance to work on a variety of exercises that improve your core, lower body and upper body strength.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate if you are looking for a full body strengthening workout in a relaxed group setting. This is a great fit for increasing your endurance for activities of daily living and/or sport.

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 For this class, you must be able to walk confidently without the use of any mobility aids (cane, crutches etc). If you do need a mobility aid for walking, consider registering for the Intro to Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention or Balance 1.0 Class.

GLA:D Program for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis with Trish

7 weeks

This 7 week group physiotherapy program includes twelve 60 minute exercise sessions and 2 education sessions led by a GLA:D certified Zoomers physiotherapist.

Neuromuscular exercises will focus on leg strength, core strength and balance to maximize comfort and function for those people managing hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.

Learn more at gladcanada.ca or click here to watch us on CTV explaining how the program can be of benefit.

Who should enroll in this program?

This program is appropriate if you have a diagnosis of hip and/or knee osteoarthritis and are willing to participate in a regular exercise program.

Pre-requisites

A physiotherapy assessment is necessary prior to initiation of this program and you must have a diagnosis of hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.

Zoomer FIT Class (Drop In)

45min Drop-In Class

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

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.

For this class, you must be able to walk confidently without the use of any mobility aids (cane, crutches etc). If you do need a mobility aid for walking, consider registering for the Intro to Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention or Balance 1.0 Class.

Pilates

60min Drop-In Class – 8 weeks

This 60 minute class runs for 8 weeks and blends Pilates and self myofascial tissue techniques to focus on improving your posture and deep core strength. Pilates is a great exercise to maintain and improve fitness. This safe and gentle form of movement offers many health benefits, including: increased flexibility & mobility, relief from stiff joints, better balance, posture & coordination, increased energy & alertness, as well as stress relief and better concentration! At Zoomers we will be using large and small stability balls, foam rollers, therabands and toning balls to target specific muscles to increase strength and release tension.

Who should take this class?

This class is appropriate if you are looking for a chance to improve your core strength, posture/alignment awareness and learn some tricks for increasing your comfort at home.

Pre-requisites

This class will involve getting up and down off a mat on the floor. Positions used will include lying on your back, sides and stomach as well as on your hands and knees. Susan will modify exercises for anyone seeking adaptations but each participant must be able to get up and down off the mat independently.