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Men in Motion

Brooksby offers fitness class with men in mind

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January 7th, 2016


When Scott Hall began working as a fitness intern at Brooksby Village in early 2014, he noticed his coworkers teaching classes that tied into their own athletic interests and pursuits.

“When I came on board as a full-time employee in September 2014, I wanted to get men more involved in fitness,” says Hall. “I thought we could increase male participation in fitness classes if we offered a class for men only.”

Hall’s own athletic interests stem from his participation in team sports. He grew up playing soccer and hockey, and played soccer at the collegiate level for Salem State University.

“Exercising can also be a social opportunity,” says Hall, who graduated from Salem State with a degree in sport and movement science. “I felt that a male-only fitness class would give men the opportunity to come together as a group and have a fun time while they’re working out.”

Hall launched the Men in Motion class in the fall of 2014. The class meets twice a week for 45 minutes at a time.

“Men in Motion is a total body workout,” says Hall. “We start with a warm up, then we move into exercises to work out the upper and lower body. We use four different types of equipment—dumbbells, Thera-bands, resistance bands, and ankle weights. We finish the class with a cool down and stretching.”

A reason to keep moving

Larry Stiles has been attending Men in Motion since the class started.

“This is the only fitness class I’ve attended since I moved to Brooksby,” says Larry, who moved to the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community from his home in Reading in May 2005. “I used to prefer more recreational sports like basketball and golf. Since I moved to Brooksby, I’ve switched to walking and gardening. When I heard about the Men in Motion class, I thought it would be a good way to get in some exercise.”

Larry says the class’s structure allows him to customize his workout. 

“When we’re using the dumbbells, for example, we don’t all have to use the same ones,” he says. “I can choose weights that are right for me.”

All-weather access

Bill Macaulay started attending the Men in Motion class after he and his wife Elizabeth moved to Brooksby in April 2015.

“We lived in our home in Saugus for 50 years, but the upkeep of the house was becoming too much, particularly after last winter,” says Bill. “I did think I’d keep my membership at my health club in Saugus since it was only ten miles down the road.”

Bill, who likes to swim a half-mile four or five times a week, says he soon realized he could meet his fitness needs at Brooksby.

“We have the indoor pool that I can access without having to go outside,” he says. “It’s nice to have the pool and fitness center on-site, particularly when the weather is bad.”

Bill says he was initially leery of attending any fitness classes.

“When I heard about the Men in Motion class, I decided to give it a try,” he says. “I probably wouldn’t go if it was a class for men and women, but I think guys are more apt to try something when they know it’s geared toward them.”

Bill says he appreciates the total body workout. 

“We touch every part of the body,” he says. “I’ve definitely felt a benefit from doing these exercises. I’ve noticed it’s easier to go up and down stairs than it used to be.”