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Healthy habits

It’s easy with your own personal trainer down the hall

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April 23rd, 2014
A former Marine, Oak Crest resident Sid George has achieved 3,166 workouts at the on-site fitness center and is still going strong.
A former Marine, Oak Crest resident Sid George has

Are you ready to feel great and get fit? Oak Crest residents have answered with a resounding yes, completing more than 25,000 workouts at the on-site fitness center in 2013.

The state-of-the-art fitness center at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md., features the very latest equipment, including steppers, cardio bikes, ellipticals, treadmills, and strength-training equipment. Stretch, yoga, and aerobics classes; aquatic aerobics; water volleyball; and personalized workouts with friendly, professional trainers are also available. 

“We are continuously brainstorming ways to engage fitness members by focusing their programs on functional movement and fun in a creative way,” says Fitness Specialist Laura Selvage. “One of our most popular tools is our weight vest, which increases strength, power, and bone density. And because the weight is added to the core of your body, there is less stress on the joints. 

“We also are offering our first circuit class, called “Work It! Circuit,” where participants complete a timed circuit consisting of approximately eight stations that focus on strength, aerobics, and flexibility exercises,” adds Selvage.

Great motivator

A wall of fame lining the hallway outside the fitness center highlights fitness club members who have achieved milestones.

“It starts at 100 workouts and keeps going up to 1,000-plus,” says Selvage. “The residents enjoy seeing the progress they’ve made. It’s been a great motivational tool.”

Oak Crest resident Jean Walsh has been a regular at the fitness center for the last seven years. 

“I’m working toward 1,000 workouts,” says Jean, who has already surpassed 800 workouts. “My goal is to just stay in good shape so I can continue to feel my best. The staff at the fitness center designed an exercise routine that is tailor-made for me. I exercise three days a week on the weight machines, NuStep, and stationary bike. It’s really done me a lot of good!”

Throughout the year, the fitness center hosts special events like a March Madness basketball shooting contest, Home Run Derby, Wii bowling competition, and Drum’s Alive, a group fitness class that combines the benefits of aerobic fitness with the benefits of music and rhythm. In 2014, they also added a new event, the 60 Day Challenge.

“The challenge was designed to help both new and current members create healthy habits,” says Selvage. 

Participants underwent a pre-assessment, which included tests for basic flexibility, upper and lower body strength, and balance. They were then asked to exercise at least three days a week for 60 days. At the end of the challenge, participants were assessed for noticeable improvements in strength, endurance, and flexibility. 

Fitness members Larry and Diana Jones participated in the 60 Day Challenge. For Larry, who regularly swims in the pool, the challenge was one more step in staying healthy. Diana, however, used it as an opportunity to start exercising again after a short hiatus from an injury.

“Once you stop, it’s hard to get motivated to start again,” says Diana. “This program was the perfect excuse for me to get going again. Both Larry and I are committed to getting in shape. When I do my workout routine, I feel 100% better in every way. A healthy lifestyle was one of the reasons we decided to come to Oak Crest. It was a huge factor that health and fitness is built right into the program here.” 

Mary Brown entered the 60 Day Challenge at the urging of her husband. 

“I have diabetes and I know that exercise can help, so I thought I would give it a try,” says Mary. “The 60 Day Challenge was a great way to get started.” 

Personalized routine

Ronald Logan was accustomed to working out before he moved to Oak Crest and continued with his healthy habits after moving in 2009.  

“I had a fitness room in my basement with a treadmill and weights,” says Ronald. “I would exercise for 45 minutes to an hour every day before I went to work.”

Now Ronald is a regular at the fitness center three or four days a week and has achieved more than 600 workouts.

“I use the NuStep, treadmill, elliptical machine, and dumbbells,” says Ronald.  “The trainers at the fitness center helped personalize a fitness routine for me. They are wonderful. They really know their stuff and are always willing to help you.”