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.

Fat Blaster 6 Week Challenge
Do you want to BLAST THAT FAT before the summer swimsuit season?! Join J Personal Trainer and
Heart Zones expert, Shelley Russell in the ?Fat-Blaster Challenge? (30-min HIIT Spin, 15 mins bodyweight training). Commit to two Fat-Blaster workouts per week for 6-weeks and work your way to a slimmer you and the chance to win a Schosce Heart Rate Monitor! The person with the biggest percentage of weight-loss will be the BIG WINNER! Minimum 6 participants for the class to run. Advance registration required.

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.

Groove Method
GET YOUR GROOVE ON! Do you love to dance?  Do you want to get more fit, more flexible and stronger while having a blast? Join Diane Turner, GROOVE facilitator, for an experience that is easy and for all levels of fitness and all body types. Bring your friends and try something fun and feels good! GROOVE was voted one of the top 5 Fitness Trends by Shape Magazine in 2016!

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.

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.

Obstacle Course Readiness
Ever thought of running an obstacle race like a Spartan, Tough Mudder, or Terrain race? Now you can! Join our obstacle course readiness class led by certified Spartan Coach and personal trainer Colin Easom. In this course, we’ll focus on developing endurance, power, strength, agility, and the technical skills needed to overcome obstacles. We’ll pull, push, jump, hang, climb, and crawl our way to race day readiness just in time for the Spartan Sprint in Phoenix in February, and the Tucson Terrain race in April. Suitable for all ability levels, no prior experience necessary.

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

“Ride & Roll” Summer Slump-buster
Too hot to ride outside? Spin indoors with our Personal Trainer Mary Maher leading this small-group class offering a 30-minute HIIT Spin and foam rolling to assist in optimum recovery. Meet in the Cycle Studio. Minimum 5 people for class

Run with The J
Beginning and intermediate levels can run anywhere from 1-5 miles with a group. This is a fun, safe and supportive workout twice per week with both morning and evening sessions available. Training plans are available upon request. Running tips and advice will also be given throughout each session.

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.
Weightlifting for Women
Weight training improves bone density, develops lean muscle, increases metabolism, prevents osteoporosis and builds positive self image. This class will help you feel comfortable in the weight room and guide you through the fundamentals of weight training.

Youth Tri Team
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.