4 THE CHARBONNEAU VILLAGER
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: GET FIT
By CLARA HOWELL
offers new class at CCC
or Charbonneau Country
Club’s Get Fit Aerobic instruc-
tor Jill Walker, teaching aero-
bics is her calling.
And this month she’s bringing a new
fitness class to the CCC for those who
want to kick off the new year and focus
on mobility and light strength training.
Get Fit Lite is a head-to-toe workout
that uses a chair, optional weights, and
resistance bands and balls. It will begin
Tuesday, Jan. 7, and will run on Tues-
days and Thursdays for four months.
PMG PHOTOS: CLARA HOWELL
“It’s just movement for the people that The new chair class taught by Jill Walker focuses on balance, strength and mobility.
can’t get out and do what they want to do.
I mean if they can’t play tennis, if they
can’t do aerobic dance, if they can’t go
bowling, if they can’t play ball, if they
cant play pickleball, then do something
and this will be fun,” Walker said. “If
they’re rehabing from anything, (a)
shoulder, or just recovering from an ill-
ness and they’re kind of wimpy and they
want to strengthen and get back into the
swing of things, they can come here and
get ready for that.”
Walker, a Woodburn resident who
teaches Get Fit Aerobics at the CCC,
has been teaching dance aerobics for
Walker attended the Community Infor-
mation Day at the CCC in summer and re-
members being approached by people
who asked if she taught other classes at
the CCC. Her reply was simple: no.
Participants use chairs, resistance bands and balls in the class.
But Walker had been thinking about
bringing the chair class — she’s taught a
version of the class at SpringRidge for the
last 12 years — to Charbonneau residents.
“They will be surprised what they can
do in a chair,” Walker said, adding that
every movement is choreographed but
people can enjoy a pressure-free workout
and move at their own pace.”Your heart
doesn’t care what your feet are doing,
just keep moving.”
She said the class starts with a warm-
up and then alternates between arms and
legs. People will work on balance and end
the class with a nice stretch.
“They’ll do it to some fun music,”
Walker added. “We’re fun. I sing and
make jokes and just come for fellowship,
just get out. You’re so close, why not take
advantage of it?”
Walker encourages Charbonneau resi-
dents to at least give the class a try and
come with a buddy.
The class is for both men and women,
and kicks off at 9:15 a.m. in the morning
and lasts 45 minutes. It costs $30 a month
or $5 a class for drop-ins — though the
first trial class is free.
Balls, resistance bands and chairs are
included but if folks want to bring
weights, Walker suggests no more than
three pounds and she will pick up a few
weights to have on deck as well.
“When I got into the senior chair fit-
ness, I just felt a connection to those won-
derful athletic seniors that don’t want to
stop,” Walker said. “They’re ex-runners
and ex-mountain climbers and ex-bikers
and they know what it feels like to feel
good. This will make them feel good.”
Workout attire is required.
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