STRONG WOMEN classes meet on varying days at locations in Mt Hood, Mosier, Lyle, and The Dalles. The sessions are supportive, self-paced, fun workouts for mid-life to elderly women who want to strengthen their muscles and improve their balance.
As of Friday, September 18, 2015
Tick, tock, tick, tock … That’s the rhythm Strong Women use to guide them through isometric exercises. What is the Strong Women exercise program? It’s not aerobic but you’ll sweat. It’s not a weight loss program but Strong Women often feel so great that they are inspired to engage in activities that lead to weight loss. It’s not held at a gym but wherever women can gather together two days a week for an hour. It is a supportive, self-paced, fun workout for mid-life to elderly women who want to strengthen their muscles and improve their balance.
“Strong Women gain self-confidence, feel invigorated and experience a new awareness of their bodies,” said teacher Lauren Kraemer.
The Strong Women program sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service is a research based set of isometric exercises using hand and ankle weights in specific slow motions. Classes are led by trained community members. Instructors lead the exercises keeping pace with that ticking metronome while encouraging participants to work at their own level and to increase weight intensity over time to build strength, muscle and bone density as well as improve balance.
The Gorge is lucky to have seven Strong Women locations: two groups in The Dalles, one group in Mosier, one group in Mt. Hood, two groups in White Salmon, and a group in Lyle. Classes are free, are designed to last 12 weeks (but some are on-going), and are held on a variety of days and times depending on location for about an hour per session. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Strong Women program, contact Kraemer at the OSU Extension Service, 541-386-3343 ext. 38258.