Special Health & Wellness Classes

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Balboa- Swing Dance Class
Balboa is a 1940’s swing dance that’s experiencing a modern revival! Glide to the Big Band classics with this smooth, elegant dance.  Rooted in the Jitterbug and Ballroom styles, this six week beginning progressive series will help you develop strong basics and musicality. No partner or experience required!

Belly Dancing
No matter your age, shape, size, or if you are a beginner or experienced dancer, this class is for YOU! In this class students will learn basic belly dance technique and moves, including posture, isolations, shimmies and other various styles of belly dance. Choreography will be taught to incorporate the moves students learn along the way. Be prepared to shake your hips to some awesome traditional and non-traditional music! These classes are great if you are looking to get some exercise!

BEST Protocol for Osteoporosis
This multi-week, proven protocol includes prevention, maintenance and the potential reversal of osteoporosis for men and women. The BEST program, designed by scientists at the University of Arizona, is the gold standard for improving bone health in post-menopausal clients with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, as well as men experiencing bone loss. Read more here.

Elder Rehab
This class is a research-tested physical, mental and social stimulation program, developed by psychologist, Sharon Arkin. A senior, memory-impaired participant will be partnered with a U of A volunteer “personal trainer” who will supervise the participant in physical fitness workouts and engage in memory and language stimulation.  Please contact Dr. Sharon Arkin for an application at arkinaz@earthlink.net or 520-603-2912

Fitness Center Youth Orientation
These 30-minute sessions provide an overview of proper use/operation of equipment focusing on safety along with proper etiquette prescribed for fitness centers in general. Each participant will receive a certification badge after completing their orientation to wear when using the fitness center and let staff know that the participant has completed training.

JXT is a unique results-based cross-training program designed by one of the world’s top fitness coaches, Brandon Wagner. During the 8-week series the JXT coaches will train all levels of participants to go past their limits through a progressive workout program. JXT provides a personal training experience in a small group setting and simulates the feel of being a member of a competitive sports team.

Krav Maga
Krav Maga is the self-defense system of the Israeli military. Designed to build confidence, speed and reflexes, ou can achieve a strong level of technical proficiency in a short period of time. Learn the basic survival techniques as taught to Israeli soldiers. This course is open to women and men with little or no self-defense experience. 4 week class, Thursdays starting July 6.

Krav Maga Situational Awareness
Situational awareness is the key component for ultimate survival.  Increase your perceptive ability to prevent and avoid dangerous circumstances.  In this self defense course, you will be exposed to the best protective techniques of detection, deterrence and avoidance.  Learn the important evasion skills needed to avoid violence. A large majority of the classes will involve lecture and discussion on topics relating to aggression, fear and violence. At the end of each session you will be challenged with reality based scenarios of potential confrontations. Start that journey of personal empowerment, minimize the fear and survive any extreme situation! Recommended for senior citizens, individuals with mobility issues and families with children over 9 years of age.

Learn specific types of meditation styles, yoga, nidra, loving-kindness meditation, forgiveness meditation, mindfulness, mantra meditation, relaxation-response/healing visualization and tools to cultivate a daily meditation practice. Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine, producing a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.

PWR! Up for Parkinson’s Disease
This is a comprehensive neuroplasticity-principled program that integrates the latest research on Parkinson’s disease and rehabilitation, exercise and wellness. This type of research-based integrated exercise and wellness programming is necessary to counteract the inactivity, motor deterioration and symptoms of PD. This is a proactive program that allows you to optimize your brain change, brain repair and increase your desire to participate in everyday life.

As a person living with Parkinson’s Disease ( aka  a ” Parkie”),   I usually shuffled into the PWR! class at The J feeling tired, stiff and sore.  But  peppy instructor Mary Byrnes and fellow classmates warmly greeted me with gusto. Then, for an hour, energetic Mary  put us through the ” PWR ! Moves”, exercises and stretches  to improve our posture, weight shifting, trunk rotation and safe transiting.  We also did  breath ,voice, hand and eye exercises and stretches.. I left each class, feeling less stiff, tired and sore.  The class  made me feel more relaxed, happier and more in touch with my body.  I also enjoyed socializing with my fellow ” Parkies  ” As you learn to live with PD, you have got to be able to laugh with others about this often very difficult degenerative neurological disease.”  
-PWR! Moves participant Ronald Bogard


Salsa- Dance Class
Salsa Dancing: A Fun Way to Stay Fit! Learn beginning salsa through a progressive six-week series geared toward new dancers. Come alone or with a partner and be prepared to move!

Silver Sneakers Orientation
Just for our Silver Sneakers members, this 30-minute orientation provides an overview of proper use and operation of our equipment focusing on safety along with proper etiquette prescribed for fitness centers.

Shaolin Kempo Karate
Shaolin Kempo is a martial art style that combines the Five Animals of Shaolin Kung Fu, the core competency of Kempo, the hard hitting explosiveness of traditional Karate, as well as the power of Western Boxing and the Felling and Grappling arts of Jujutsu, Chin Na, and Mongolian Wrestling.
It also stresses the importance of Qigong and Wu Chi in the development of internal power
and energy.

Purple Minion Youth Tri Club
This program helps kids develop their swimming, biking and running skills. Kids will learn how to transition between the sports, build confidence and learn the basic USA Triathlon rules and includes a nutritional program and strength training while learning safe and fun training habits.

Questions? Call Health and Wellness 299-3000 ext 251.