You want to create a healthy body and mind, so you can continue to enjoy the life you’ve built. That’s why The Y offers opportunities for older adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The fact is that active older adults live longer and have better functional conditioning, than those who don’t.
Our Active Older Adult (AOA) programs are designed for men and women who want a greater sense of wellness and health. We encourage everyone to grow in the areas of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Our active adult exercise classes promote fitness and well-being while fostering friendships and camaraderie. Our volunteer opportunities and social events help build lasting relationships and community ties that last a lifetime.
The YMCA offers a variety of wellness opportunities for active older adults—from baby boomers to seniors—including physical fitness, social activities and more. If you want a low-intensity workout due to arthritis or other physical or joint limitations, we have group fitness classes for you.
BOOM Move It – BOOM Move It is a cardio dance workout class that focuses on cardio endurance by starting with simple dance moves then building into more complex sequences, bringing you a fun cardio workout. This class is geared for Baby Boomers but is fun for any age! (30 min)
BOOM Muscle – BOOM Muscle incorporates athletic-based exercises that improve upper body conditioning. The focus of this class is on toning muscles and building overall strength to keep you fit. This class is geared for Baby Boomers but is fun for any age (30 min).
Chair Yoga – A yoga class suitable for beginners, seniors or anyone looking for a gentle approach to Yoga.
Fit 4 Life – A moderate paced cardio class for beginners or active older adults. Hand-held weights, hands, and balls may be incorporated into the workout and a chair is offered for support.
Go Lo – Here’s the high energy low impact workout you’ve been waiting for. This class combines 30 minutes of choreographed low impact aerobics with 15 minutes of strength and abs.
Line Dancing (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced available) – instructor led class that teaches a variety of line dances.
Move Together – Move Together will have you feeling and moving better in only 30 minutes. Build movement health by mastering the fundamental patterns that encompass everything you do in life. Grow your movement confidence with coaching and motivating music.
Movin & Groovin – Increase your cardio and muscular endurance with a standing circuit workout. Upper-body strength work with hand-held weights, bands, and a ball is alternated with low-impact choreography. A chair is used for standing support and stretching.
Pedaling for Parkinson’s (P4P) – A spin class designed to improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Medical release required.
Silver Sneakers Classic – A variety of exercises focusing on balance, strength, and range of motion. Hand-held weights, bands, and balls are used for resistance; a chair may be used for support. This low-intensity workout is for seniors of all capabilities.
Silver Sneakers Circuit – Increase your cardio and muscular endurance with a standing circuit workout. Upper-body strength work with hand-held weights, bands, and a ball is alternated with low-impact choreography. A chair is used for standing support and stretching.
Spin 30 – Group exercise class using our stationary spin bikes. Great cardio workout in a shorter period of time.
Tai Chi – Tai Chi is a martial art that combines various martial arts movements with energy circulation, breathing, and stretching techniques.
Zumba Gold – A Zumba class perfect for beginners or active older adults. It offers modified Latin dance moves while bringing down the pace
Aqua Aerobics – water class for all ages. Class format includes strength and cardio training using water resistance and aquatic equipment.
Aqua Jog – water class focusing on building strength and endurance while deep water jogging.
Aqua Zumba – All your favorite Zumba music and moves in the water! This is an upbeat water class and a fun cardio workout.
Deep H20 – Let’s get in over our heads! This class is held in the deep end of our pool and is geared towards someone who wants more intensity to their water workout.
Hydrorider – This aqua spin class uses special water bikes to add water resistance to your spin class while you ride in the pool.
*Not all classes are available at each location. See each schedule of classes for availability.
At The Y, we want to help you improve your overall health. That includes if you have a health condition or disease. Here are a few of the chronic disease management programs you may find valuable.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA (For adults living with and beyond cancer)
Move Well Today (Exercise program for those with Diabetes)
Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s (Exercise cycling program tailored for Parkinson’s patients)
Rock Steady Boxing (Exercise non-contact boxing program tailored for Parkinson’s patients)
Moving For Better Balance (Fall prevention program for older adults)
Making our community stronger requires people. Our local YMCA’s are volunteer-founded, volunteer-based and volunteer-led. That’s why we depend on volunteers to help meet the needs of our communities.
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Through your donation to our scholarship funds for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA helps make our East Tennessee community stronger. By giving to the YMCA, you are supporting programs that help children and adults change their lives for the better.