LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center’s Wellness Solutions will offer the following programs beginning on Monday, July 20:

Ballroom Basics: ­ The five-week series, led by Diane Williams, will introduce beginning dancers to the foxtrot, waltz and swing. Come with a partner for fun and exercise. Class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays.

Beginner Bellydancing: ­ Class instructor Imari (Lisa Cummings) has more than 16 years experience teaching this unique cardiovascular exercise. The six-week series is suitable for all ages and body types. Class will meet from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

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. Class will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Flexible Body, Flexible Life: ­ Bette Swett-Thibeault will lead this six-week series designed to help participants become more flexible in movement and mind. Light aerobics, circuit training, stretches and floor work are included. Because it is a low-impact regimen, it is appropriate for people with back, neck or other movement impairment. A pretest/post-test component illustrates developing dynamic strength and flexibility. Participants should wear loose clothing and exercise shoes and bring a mat if they have one. Class will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m, Wednesdays.

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. Class will meet from  noon to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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. Class will be held at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Personal Fitness: The class will begin with a one-on-one evaluation and program development session with a personal health counselor, then will progress to a structured group exercise plan. Class will meet from 8 to 9 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pilates Core Strengthening: Pilates is designed to develop long lean muscles and strength in the core of the body. All exercises are performed on the floor with the use of a mat. Class participants will be instructed on each exercise, including proper breathing and stretching. Class will be led by Jodi Cornelio. Class will be held from 4:30 to 5 p.m. and from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Power Plus: ­ Jodi Cornelio will lead this class which encompasses weight training exercises and simple cardio moves to elevate metabolism and burn fat in every muscle group. The class closes with a gentle cool down with yoga stretch. Proven to be nine times more effective than 45 minutes of aerobic exercise, so results are noticeable within three to four weeks. Class will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Step Aerobics: ­ A heart-pumping, muscle-moving and grooving workout that alternates step with muscle work using weights, tubing, etc. Led by Sue Driscoll, the cardio workout is a head-to-toe body strengthener. Class will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Mondays
and Wednesdays.

Zumba: ­ Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance exercise program that 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 will be led by Cynthia Nicholas. Class will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays.

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. 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 for more information. Information also available through the events calendar at www.cmmc.org


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