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Fitness and fun at Tallgrass Creek

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June 27th, 2017
(From left) Sharad Gavankar, Dick Robison, Conk Buckley, and Bill Klasinski warm up with wooden dowels in the Men’s Only Strength Training class at Tallgrass Creek.

(From left) Sharad Gavankar, Dick Robison, Conk Buckley, and Bill Klasinski warm up with wooden dowels in the Men’s Only Strength Training class at Tallgrass Creek.

The wide array of exercise classes offered at Tallgrass Creek just keeps growing. Three more aquatics classes were recently added to the already-packed fitness schedule, resulting in a total of 28 land and aquatics fitness classes each week. 

“There is truly something for everyone at every level of fitness on both land and water,” says Wellness Coordinator Cydney Cunningham, who oversees all pool activities at Tallgrass Creek. 

New aqua exercise classes

In addition to other weekly classes on the aquatics schedule, water enthusiasts can now participate in Aqua Early Birds, Intro to Swimming, and Water Volleyball. 

Aqua Early Birds, designed for early risers, increases muscle strength, balance, and mobility but doesn’t require swimming ability. 

Intro to Swimming includes two sessions, one for beginners with no prior swimming experience, and one for those with some swimming ability. 

Water Volleyball is a noncompetitive, resident-driven class that meets weekly for fun and socialization in the water. All aquatics exercise classes take place in Tallgrass Creek’s large, glass-enclosed, indoor pool with its balmy, 82-degree water temperature.

That’s not all

Numerous land-based exercise classes also fill Tallgrass Creek’s fitness agenda. Led by Fitness Coordinator Camin Bell, classes promote balance, endurance, and mobility in different ways. 

They include the well-attended Men’s Only Strength Training (M.O.S.T.). Participants meet four times a week and enjoy 45 minutes of stretching, aerobics, and strengthening exercises using tools such as weight-bearing equipment, balls, wooden exercise dowels, and resistance bands. The music is on, chatter is encouraged, and the atmosphere is always light and fun. 

“We exercise every joint of the body at each class and have fun while doing it,” says Bell. “The comments are always funny, and we all get a good laugh, which actually exercises the abs.” 

Bell and Cunningham also host a weekly Neurobics class designed to stimulate the brain.

“We play board and card games and work puzzles that challenge the brain in different ways,” says Cunningham. “The exercises are mentally stimulating and actually beneficial for all ages.”

Throughout the year, Bell and Cunningham also promote physical and mental fitness by hosting scavenger hunts, pool and lawn competitions and parties, walking challenges, and wellness seminars. Schedules and sign-up sheets for all classes and activities are available in the fitness center. 

 

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