Still picturing intimidating images of muscle-bound athletes and heavy barbells? You’ll be happy to know that this area of fitness has come a long way. Think controlled movements, small weights, resistance bands, exercise balls and user-friendly training machines.
Classes are available for all ages and fitness levels, and many exercises can be adapted or customized to suit any special needs due to an injury or medical condition. Seated or floor mat activities are good for people who may have limited mobility. Classes that focus on the “core” target the torso, abdominal and back for better strength and stability, which in turn protects from the risk of injury. Try a “sampler” or “total body conditioning” class for a more comprehensive program.