OSF Center for Health offers group fitness classes

Staff Report

The OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health Fitness, 5510 E. State St., is offering group fitness classes at the following times and dates in January 2012. The fee for any of the classes is $5 for an all-day pass to attend any or all of the classes offered that day. The monthly fee is $30 per month with automatic withdrawal with a credit card; $35 cash or check per month; or $25 Corporate rates to attend an unlimited number of classes and to use the fitness center facility.

Edge, a class designed to enhance athletic performance, is offered from 4 to 5 p.m., on Mondays and Wednesdays. The program helps athletes improve their speed, agility, power and strength.

Body Combat, an empowering cardio workout, is held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This highly energetic program is inspired by the martial arts and draws from a range of disciplines, including karate, boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi and Muay Thai.

A Mini Body Combat is offered from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Zumba, which fuses easy-to-follow moves with Latin rhythms to create a dynamic fitness program, is offered from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The classes teach routines that include interval training with fast and slow rhythms. Resistance training and Latin zest are combined to tone and sculpt while burning fat.

Yoga, an all-level gentle yoga class, is offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; and from 7:20 to 8:05 p.m. on Thursdays. The class helps participants increase flexibility and balance while relieving stress and promoting relaxation.

Tai Chi is held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Fridays. The class consists of a series of slow, graceful, circular movements that enhance strength, endurance and balance. People of all ages and abilities can improve their flexibility, decrease their stress and help make daily activities easier.

Qigong, which teaches slow, graceful movements to serve as an introduction to Tai Chi, is offered from 1:15 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Balance, a group class that requires pre-registration, is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is also offered from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class focuses on helping participants increase their stability and balance.

Advanced Balance, which helps participants who have completed the initial Balance class advance to a higher level, is held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pre-registration is required. Call (815) 395-4591 for registration.

Loosen Up,” a full-body session designed to release muscle tension through stretching and flexibility movements, is offered from 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Body Pump, a class that combines cardio and strength training for a total body workout, is offered from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

A Mini-Body Pump session is offered from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Boot Camp is held from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on Saturdays. Combining cardio and strength training for a total body workout, the class rotates between stations to provide maximum effort and calorie burning.

Golden Motion classes, which are geared toward those age 50 or older, are held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first part of the class offers cardio workouts through individual gym time on the treadmill, bike or Nu-step, and the second part is an instructor-led class for upper and lower body weight training, core work, balance and flexibility.

Senior Aerobics classes are held from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The low-impact aerobics class offers easy-to-follow moves, beginning with chair aerobics and ending with standing low-impact moves.

For information or for registration for the “Balance” and “Edge” classes, call the OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health Fitness at (815) 395-4591. The OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center website is www.osfsaintanthony.org.

From the Jan. 11-17, 2012, issue

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