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September 12, 2012

Fitting in fitness

PLATTSBURGH — Barbara Eldredge’s motivation to get out of bed is exercise.

She has attended the Plattsburgh YMCA’s Enhanced Fitness Program since 2000.

“It keeps me moving,” said Eldredge, who lives in the Town of Plattsburgh. “I have diabetes. It helps me. If I wasn’t coming to this, I think I wouldn’t be moving now.”

The Enhanced Fitness Program is a national program designed for active older adults.

“It’s an evidence-based program,” said Patti Warner, senior program director. “Testing is done on individuals every six months to measure progress. It focuses on strength training, aerobic fitness, flexibility and balance.”

Participants need a written doctor’s recommendation before embarking on the program.

“They can observe it and give it a try to see if it’s something doable for them. We encourage them to go at their own pace and work within their abilities. It’s a fun group.”

Classes are held 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and are led by Warner, Teresa Landry and Rafaela Provost.


“We are certified Enhanced Fitness instructors,” Warner said. “We were taught the way this program is to be conducted. The class involves a warm-up, some mild cardio exercises to music. They get into it. We have a little cool-down.”

Some exercises are conducted with weighted cuffs, she said.

“Little half-pound weights are inserted. As they make progress, they can add more weight. Likewise, if they need to work within a limitation, they can remove it.

“We go through seated exercises working the upper body and standing exercises with the weighted cuffs down to the ankles. We do stretching. And that’s the class.”

The class is free for YMCA members and a suggested donation of $1 per session for non-members age 60 and older.


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