CMMC plans wellness programs

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LEWISTON – Central Maine Medical Center’s Health and Wellness Services is offering the following programs beginning on Monday, April 17:

Back Breakers: Learn to increase core strengths, prevent injury, improve the strength of abdominal and low back muscles, and trim a couple of inches from the mid-section. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Bootcamp: The class is designed to tone and strengthen the entire body and get the heart pumping. A low choreography, high-impact class for any fitness level. Fridays from 6 to 6:45 a.m.

Fit n’ Fun: An exercise class designed for the over 55 crowd. Improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Flex Appeal: A total body workout designed to strengthen and tone from head to toe. Class offers complete muscular conditioning with little choreography and is taught to all fitness levels. Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.

Kickboxing: Fast-paced class based on traditional kicking and punching techniques choreographed into combinations for building strength and coordination. Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

People With Arthritis Can Exercise: The program is specifically designed for people with arthritis, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. Participants work in a low-key fashion to increase flexibility, range of motion and balance. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.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 from 8 to 9 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Personal Training: Personal trainers can help anyone, regardless of physical condition or age. Participants will learn to fit exercise into a busy schedule and make the most of their time in the gym.

Pilates: Originally developed for patients confined to hospital beds and later adapted for the New York City Ballet, Pilates “strengthens and lengthens” through a series of mat exercises. Participants can expect improvement in strength and flexibility. Mondays 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Step Aerobics: A heart-pumping, muscle-moving and grooving workout. Alternates step with muscle work using weights, tubing. A cardio workout and head-to-toe body strengthener. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

T’ai chi: T’ai chi is an ancient Chinese movement art that uses a sequence of precise body movements, meditation and synchronized breathing to improve health and well-being. Balance and harmony are stressed through physical activities that can improve stamina, muscle tone, agility, flexibility and cardiovascular function. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Total Body Workout: The Saturday morning class packs a full body workout into an hour. It uses a combination of intense cardio intervals and weight training to burn calories and tone muscle. The class will use dumbbells and body bars to focus on every major muscle in the body, with concentration on proper technique and form. Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Yoga: Participants will be introduced to the world of relaxation and rejuvenation through yoga. Skills learned through the program will include centering and balancing through poses, breathing exercise, meditation and relaxation. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building. Fees are charged. Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information.

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