September 2, 2008

Wellness Solutions Offers Fall Classes

LEWISTON - Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning on Monday, Sept. 8:

Ballroom Dancing (Level 2): Participants in the five-week series will build on the basic steps learned in the ballroom dancing beginner class. Participants will review basic steps to the waltz, swing and fox-trot and learn some new steps to the dances. Participants must have a partner. Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Beginner Bellydancing: Lisa Cummings, aka Imari, has more than 16 years of experience in the cardiovascular exercise. No prior dance experience is required. The six-week series is suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Fit-n-Fun: The exercise class is designed for the over-55 crowd and focuses on helping participants improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Flexible Body, Flexible Life: The six-week series offers many forms of movement, from light aerobics to stretching to circuit training. Each class ends with 10- to 15-minute relaxation response activity. Participants should wear loose clothing and exercise shoes and bring a mat if they have one. Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Functional Fitness: Learn to increase core and upper body strength and improve the stability of abdominal and low back muscles. Participants will discover how to prevent injury due to improper body mechanics and repetitive motion. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Happy Hearts: A class designed for people with a "cardiac event" history, including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina and transplants, who have completed a cardiac rehabilitation program and are looking for a maintenance program.

The class includes general supervision and individual, independent cardiovascular and strength training. It also incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hip Hop: The high-energy dance class provides a workout. Hip-hop encompasses stepping, sliding, popping, locking and freestyle movements to give participants the moves to develop their own dance style.

Participants will learn the basics of hip-hop while dancing to the latest sounds. Students will be able to perform a full routine at end of the six-week class. No dance background needed. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring water. Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Hoops To Heart Core: Class instructor Adriane Kramer will lead an introductory series to circuit training with a hula hoop. The class involves floor exercises and overhead techniques and provides an all- over body workout. Mondays from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn To Hula Hoop: The class introduces participants to using the hula hoop to get into better shape and lose inches around the waist in as little as 10 minutes each day. The six-week class can be considered an introduction to the Hoop to Heart Core class. Class instructor is Adriane Kramer. Mondays from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Personal Fitness: Begins with a one-on-one evaluation and program development session with a personal health counselor, then progresses to a structured group exercise plan. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Step Aerobics: A heart-pumping, muscle-moving and grooving workout with instructor Sue Driscoll. Alternates step with muscle work using weights, tubing. The cardio workout is a head-to-toe body strengthener. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Tai Chi: Physical activities through tai chi movement can improve stamina, muscle tone, agility, flexibility and cardiovascular function. Intermediate classes: Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.; introductory classes: Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both are six- week series.

Weight Watchers: For more information, call Kathy Hansen at 892- 3004 or 653-1007 or e-mail at [email protected] Group meets every Friday from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. in Conference Room D, 12 High Street, lower level.

Yoga: The six-weeks series introduces participants to the world of relaxation and rejuvenation through yoga. Focuses on centering and balance through poses, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation. Tuesday and Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Instructor will be Marcy Covey.

Zumba: The six-week program with Cynthia Nicholas fuses international music with a dance theme to create a dynamic fitness system. It employs principles of aerobic/fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. Participate once or twice weekly. Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. and/or Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

Fees are assessed for participation and must be paid prior to beginning the program. Class registration is on a first-come, first- served basis.

Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information. Information is also available through the Events Calendar at

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