The Snellville Senior Center offers several exercise classes for seniors, and one that draws many participants is senior aerobics with certified personal trainer, Jane Moore.
Moore brings more than 20 years experience teaching group fitness to the class. She teaches the senior center's aerobics classes at least twice as week on Mondays and Thursdays. There is also a class offered on Tuesdays.
After two years of instructing the class, Moore hopes participants are encouraged by her message of health.
“I want them to have overall better health -- emotionally and being encouraged,” she said. “It’s also for social reasons. Some of them have spouses that have passed away, and we like to offer encouragement and support.”
On the scheduled days at 10 a.m., seniors from Snellville crowd inside the workout room to have fun and exercise with Moore. There is always a mix of long-time participants and new faces. Class size ranges from 40-50 people, ages 50 to 94.
The class combines an energetic, low-impact workout into three parts: cardiovascular, hand weights and stretching. Moore makes sure to puts emphasis on core strength and balance and encourages the class to fight flab, fat and osteoarthritis.
“I love it. I think it’s because it’s geared towards the older adult,” said Christine Dietzenbach, a newcomer, "I like to know I’m working my muscles.”
As the class works out to the musical accompaniment of songs like “Come see about me” by The Supremes and “Papa was a rolling stone” by The Temptations, Moore tells them, "We're going to be fighting couch potato disease."
“I stopped (class) for awhile and came back," said Joyce Scott, who has been coming to senior aerobics for four years. "The best thing is the energy. It makes you want to move."
For more information on senior aerobics, call the Snellville Senior Center at 770-985-3580 or visit them online at www.snellville.org. The center is located at 2350 Oak Road in Snellville.