Fitness that can fit into any schedule
Many people are staying home, increasing their chances of avoiding the coronavirus while obeying lockdown orders from the government.
Just because gyms and fitness centers have temporarily closed, however, doesn’t mean members’ health should suffer as a result.
Instructors at the Friedman Jewish Community Center in Kingston have been conducting exercise classes of varying difficulties and sharing them in live videos on Facebook.
The response has been so positive, CEO Gary Bernstein said, that he anticipates the JCC continuing this way of physical activity even when things return to normal.
“We are always looking to connect with our members and add value to their membership,” Bernstein said. “In light of this crazy pandemic, one of our more successful ways is by doing these classes … which really seem to have hit a very popular chord because the people reached are close to 1,000 for every class. It’s crazy, the response that we’re getting for these classes. I think people enjoy working out in the comfort of their own home.”
The JCC offers three virtual fitness classes per day, Monday through Friday, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through the afternoon. They are available for members and nonmembers.
Tai chi, which is recorded at 9 a.m. Monday with instructor Doreen Rakowski, is one of the more popular options for seniors.
“Even though you’re not lifting weights, your whole body is keeping active and in motion,” said Athletic Director Kevin Harcarik.
Weights are not required for most classes, instead using a person’s body weight or household items like a chair.
“Pretty much all of our classes are dumbed down in a way, so you’re able to do it with the instructor,” Harcarik said. “If you can’t do it, skip that little part. They’ll move on and you’ll be able to do something.”
All of the JCC’s virtual lessons can be viewed at facebook.com/FriedmanJCC.
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