CMMC group exercise programs will begin Feb. 27

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LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center’s Wellness Solutions will offer the following group exercise programs beginning Feb. 27.

Bellydancing aerobics: This class, led by Lisa Cummings, aka “Imari,” is an exhilarating and fun way to trim and tone by utilizing basic slow and fast bellydancing movements. No prior dance experience required. Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8 p.m.

Cardio sculpt: This ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training targeting major muscle groups and addressing hard to reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay.

Core and sweat: Led by Ian Barclay and Lin Bourque, this series also features weight training for major muscle groups and more difficult to train spots. Extensive floor work is included in the routine. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m.

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Fit-n-Fun: This entertaining exercise class is designed for the over-55 crowd and focuses on helping participants improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. The instructor for this series is Marcy Covey. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Functional fitness: Learn to increase both core and upper body strength and improve the stability of abdominal and low back muscles. Participants will discover how to prevent injury due to improper body mechanics and repetitive motion. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Happy hearts: A class designed for people with a “cardiac event” history – including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina and transplants – who have completed a cardiac rehabilitation program and are looking for a maintenance program. The class includes general supervision and individual, independent cardiovascular and strength training. It also incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. The instructor is Sue Driscoll. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Mom’s power hour: New and expecting moms can get and stay fit with this cardio, resistance and stretching routine. Designed especially for muscular conditioning and endurance in preparation for labor, delivery and post-partum recovery. Instructor is Brandi Richards. Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Personal fitness: Begins with a one-on-one evaluation and program development session with a personal health counselor, then progresses to a structured group exercise plan. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Pilates plus: This ongoing class led by Jen Swift challenges the trouble areas: hips, thighs and triceps, as well as the abdominal and back “core” areas. Most exercises are performed on a mat. Mats and light weights are provided. Thursdays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Power plus: Weight training and simple cardio moves that incorporate every muscle group to elevate metabolism and burn fat. The results are lean muscles, not bulk. Gentle cool down includes yoga stretch. This ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.

Step aerobics: A heart-pumping, muscle-moving workout that alternates step with muscle work. Led by Sue Driscoll, this cardio workout is a head-to-toe body strengthener. Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Tai Chi for peace of mind: Come experience the many advantages of this ancient Chinese exercise, including improved balance, focus and stress relief. This class, led by Katy Taylor, is for all ability levels. Thursdays from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

Yoga: Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey leads this series of yoga classes. Participants will learn to center and balance themselves through poses, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation. Tuesdays from 4:45 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 28.

Zumba: This Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa and reggaetone. Using principles of aerobic-fitness interval training and resistance training, Zumba is great for burning calories (up to 500 per class) while sculpting and toning the body. This six-week program is led by Cynthia Nicholas. Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Wellness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building. Fees are assessed for participation in these programs and must be paid prior to beginning the program. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Membership in the CMMC Wellness Center is open to the public.

Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information. Information is also available through the Events Calendar at www.cmmc.org.

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