BARRE, Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27, March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27, R.H. Johnson Fitness Center, Fitness on Demand Room; limited to 16 people; $60 fee per session (8 classes). You will need a Sun City West rec card to get into the facility.

Barre is a unique combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, and muscle strengthening that utilizes yoga, Pilates, and orthopedic exercise hands-on training. The focus is on alignment and strength that results in better posture, better movement, and a better you! This one-hour class will help build proper alignment, strengthen the muscles to support that alignment, and leave you feeling strong and successful.

Never stale, the ever-evolving mix of movement is always fresh, fun, and challenging. The Barre technique is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout ends with stretching to create long, lean muscles without bulk. The barre technique works to defy gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up! You get a total workout with your body sculpted, mind sharpened, motivation heightened, and attitude transformed!

 

B-FIT (CARDIO BOOT CAMP), 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28; March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, R.H. Johnson Group Fitness Room; $50 fee per session (8 classes). You will need a Sun City West rec card to get into the facility.

Do you want to slim and trim your body, tone your muscles, lose weight and feel great? Is your current routine stale or are you looking for more of a challenge?  Come join us for an hour of cardio endurance, resistance training, calisthenics, body weight and strength training. You will burn fat, build muscle and kick-start your metabolism with this class. We will be doing short cardio intervals mixed in with various resistance exercises using your own body weight, hand weights, bands plus an extra dose of ab work.

Exercises will be customized for your level of fitness by demonstrating high or low impact, so you can choose what works best for you. If you want a fresh workout and want to have fun doing it, come join the B-Fit Cardio Strength Class.  Let’s use the body you have to create the body you want! You will need a good pair of running/walking sneakers, proper workout attire and your own mat only if you prefer. This class is for people who want to get fit or anyone who wants to take their workout to the next level.  Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Instructor Bernadette Gasior has run seven marathons and earned trophies and medals for countless 5K and 10K races across the country. At 54, she decided to pursue her aspiration to become a personal trainer and fitness instructor and to this day, continues to promote and create a healthy support system to her friends and family. She has introduced a higher level of fitness and endurance training to many people, through in home personal and owned and operated the Laveen Fitness Boot Camp and trained many clients for numerous marathons. Encouraging people to make fitness the most important part of their daily regime for a healthier, longer heart-healthy life is a personal passion and she loves sports, bike riding and making jewelry.

 

IYENGAR YOGA, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 5 through 28; March 5 through 28; R.H. Johnson Group Fitness Room; $40 fee per session (8 classes). You will need a Sun City West rec card to get into the facility.

BKS Iyengar developed a style of yoga that emphasizes precision placement of your body, using props as simple as a wall, to help you perform yoga in a body-safe manner. Each pose is taught in a slow, structured sequence so that you learn proper (bone & muscle) alignment for each asana (pose). Classes are sequenced carefully to build upon skills learned in prior classes and to build up of core strength. Once this is done, classes move more rapidly, and you will get a workout. Once a month there will be a segment on breathing exercises (Pranayama).

Instructor Bonita Smulski-Bizeau has been practicing Iyengar yoga for over 18 years. For the past five years she studied with a Senior Iyengar teacher in teaching application and yoga therapeutics, has earned certifications from Yoga Alliance, Iyengar Yoga Learning Center, Encinitas; and recently earned her Level I & II Teacher Certification from Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, India. She continues to study Iyengar Yoga at the Encinitas Iyengar Learning Center, plus teacher training workshops and seminars. She is a Sun City West resident and is very enthusiastic about yoga as a practice and a way of life and likes to share.

 

TAI-CHI, 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays: Feb. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28; March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, R.H. Johnson Fitness on Demand Room: $60 fee per session (8 classes). You will need a Sun City West rec card to get into the facility.

These Tai Chi (tie chee) classes are a holistic approach which educate, guide and empower the participants, resulting in improved balance, greater flexibility and an overall sense of well-being. Endorsed by Harvard Medical School, the AMA and the American Arthritis Foundation, Tai Chi is known to be effective for problems related to stress, anxiety, depression, blood pressure, chronic pain, sleep and memory. T’ai Chi Chih™ is a form that is easily learned by people of all ages and physical abilities. These classes are insightful, practical and fun, beneficial for your body, mind and spirit. 

 Instructor Deanne Hodgson is a nurse, a minister, a National Senior Trainer at the Institute of Integral Qigong & Tai Chi, a Professional Member of the National Qigong Association, a Tai Chi Easy™, Tai Chi Chih™, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Chi Fitness Instructor and a Master Level Reiki Practitioner. This class is offered in cooperation with the Foundation of Living Medicine and the Healer Within Foundation. Deanne’s extensive background in medicine, psychology and theology offer a unique holistic experience. Her vibrant style, grounded energy and sense of humor create space for people to achieve deep personal transformation.