Wellness classes to get under way at CMMC

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LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center’s Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning Monday, April 12:

Ballroom Dancing: ­ The five-week series, led by Diane Williams, is an advanced beginner class that will add more steps to dance repertoire in the foxtrot, waltz and swing. It will also include an introduction to the Texas two step and polka. The class is intended for those who are comfortable with advanced beginner steps. A dance partner is required. Fridays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Bellydancing: ­ Imari (a.k.a. Lisa Cummings) will lead the six-week series presenting bellydancing as a therapeutic, energetic cardiovascular exercise suitable for all ages and body types. Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Cardio Funk: ­ The ongoing class features a combination of cardiovascular exercise mixed with some of today’s latest dance moves. Instructor is Glenn Atkins. Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

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Cardio Sculpt and Sweat: ­ The ongoing series combines low-impact moves with weight training targeting major muscle groups while addressing hard-to-reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. with Ian Barclay. Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. with Tina Sirois.

Core and More: ­ Heather Small leads the class which focuses on abdominal work and body bar exercises that work the hips, thighs, chest and triceps. Mondays from 5:15 to 5:45 a.m.

Core and Sweat: ­ The ongoing series, led by Ian Barclay, features weight training that targets major muscle groups while addressing hard-to-reach spots. The routine includes extensive floor work. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

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

Flexible Body, Flexible Life: ­ Bette Swett-Thibeault will lead the six-week series designed as a moderate, safe approach to improve fitness using varying exercise modes. Incorporates stretching, moderate aerobics, weights, circuit training and relaxation exercises. Participants should wear loose clothing and exercise shoes and bring a mat if they have one. Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Functional Fitness: ­ Learn to increase 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 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, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Hi-Lo Step Aerobics: ­ Tina Sirois will lead the cardiovascular conditioning class, which include both on- and off-the-step work, followed by abdominal work and stretching. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.

Kickboxing: ­ An intense interval workout and a major calorie burner. Sherron Bergeron will teach the technique of self-defense kicks, punches and blocks while defining the muscles in the shoulders, arms legs and hips. Fridays from 5:50 to 6:30 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 at 8, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.

Pilates Plus: ­ The ongoing class 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. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:15 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. Cool down includes yoga stretch. The ongoing class is led by Rick Jalbert. Mondays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.

Sculpt, Tone and Stretch: ­ The ongoing class offers a variety of exercises focusing on all muscle groups. Weights are incorporated for resistance training and yoga stretches complete the class. Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m.

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

Yoga: ­ Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey leads the series. 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. Participants may elect to take either one or two classes a week.

Zumba: ­ The 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 while sculpting and toning the body. The six-week program is led by Cynthia Nicholas. Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

Fees are assessed for participation and must be paid prior to beginning the program. 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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