Over 30 residents turned up to experience the first ever Triple A exercise class at Linda Jones today.
The impressive numbers showed positive signs that the residents in Ryman’s newest Hamilton village take their physical fitness seriously.
Ryman’s Operations Activity and Lifestyle Coordinator Chelsea Richdale was there to kick things off and introduce the village’s new instructor, Dionne Sasso.
She explained that the exercises – named Triple A which stands for ageless, active and aware - are designed to cater for all ability levels and are aimed at improving strength, flexibility, balance and agility.
“The classes are designed to be adaptable so you can participate as vigorously as you feel comfortable and if you can’t do something for any reason then that’s fine too.
“It’s really flexible in that way,” Chelsea said.
Triple A instructor Dionne starts with some warm-up moves
Dionne led the warm-up with a few basic heel kick moves and marching before directing everyone to the four circuit stations set up around the room and offering demonstrations along the way.
Chelsea and Village Activities Coordinator Ann-Maree Vincent helped to explain the exercises to each group as they did the rounds.
Exercises ranged from standing push-ups, lateral pull-downs using the resistance bands, calf raises, and squats. They could be done seated or with one hand on the back of a chair depending on the individual.
Chelsea explains what to do
Dionne demonstrates the squats with arm raises
Ann-Maree shows the residents a lateral pulldown using resistance bands
The verdict after the class was that it was ‘very good’ with everyone keen to return the following week.
Resident Christine Grant, who transferred to Linda Jones from Julia Wallace in Palmerston North, said she loved the music accompanying the moves.
“It was at just the right level. I really enjoyed it, it was great,” she said.
Geoff Walpole also enjoyed the session.
“I have had a couple of falls so this is something I really wanted to do to help with balance,” he said.
Another group then took part in the functional class which is a seated session.