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Using Weights to Develop Physical Fitness

For adults of all ages, including retirees, this safe and self-enhancing weight lifting and walking program can help you increase your strength and balance, reduce your body fat and weight, and develop a more attractive appearance. It is effective in building strength and stamina to do cardiovascular work (such as walking, swimming, jogging, or running) and in preventing injury. The course will focus on developing cardiovascular endurance, acceptable body composition (the ratio of fat to total body weight), flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance.

Overwhelming results of recent research agrees that increased circulation and other aspects of active exercise greatly develop and improve brain fitness as well as fitness of the body. This class will be conducted as it usually is, but for the retirees the instructor will place less emphasis and time on weights and increased time on balance, posture, agility, and memory work.

Whether you have experience in working with weights or are a newcomer you will find this class useful and challenging. The instructor emphasizes ways of building muscular strength and endurance, teaches which body parts are affected and how to choose the right amounts of weight and repetitions at each station. The amount of weight, sets, or repetitions will be added at each class meeting so that each you will increase total weight lifted every day you come to class. You will develop an easy camaraderie with others as you move through working toward your goals while using weights suitable for you. Expect to develop improved stamina, energy, and balance and to leave class each day with an elevated mood. Bring a friend!


A minimum of 10 students is required to hold the class.


Session I (11 sessions):

  • May 27
  • June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
  • July 1


  • Group A: 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • Group B: 5:00 – 6:00pm

Fees:  $45.00

Session II (12 sessions)

  • July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • August , 3, 5, 10, 12


  • Group A: 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • Group B: 5:00 – 6:00pm

Fees:  $50.00

Session 3 (14 sessions):

  • August 17, 19, 24, 26, 30
  • September 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30


  • Group A: 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • Group B: 5:00 – 6:00pm

Fees:  $56.00


All Sessions:

Location: Shaver Gymnasium Kinesiology Lab, Room 124

Instructors: Dr. Marie Zannis

For registration information call Continuing Education 985-448-4444.

For information about the course call Instructor Dr. Marie Zannis 985-448-1571.




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