Staying Active: Fitness Classes

The benefits for older adults exercising on a regular basis include: reducing the risk of falling, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, reducing symptoms of depression, helps to maintain healthy bones, muscles, brain health and joints, and helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.

Staying Active: Fitness Classes include the following:

Walking Program – FREE 
Monday – Friday  at Gannon Recreational Center
Meet at LECOM Center for Health and Aging at 8:20 a.m. unless otherwise noted
Open to adults age 18 and over.

The Walking Program also meets Fridays at 8:20 a.m. at:
The Regency South Shore, 322 Washington Place, Erie, PA 16505


T’ai Chi
Instructor, Ed Matthews Certified Instructor

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at LECOM Center for Health and Aging and Friday at the Regency at South Shore
Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese practice designed to exercise the mind and body through a series of gentle, flowing postures.  It can improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Fit for Life Fitness Class
Doug Forne, Certified Fitness Instructor, LECOM Center for Health and Aging
Tuesdays from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

This chair-based class will use body weight and light resistance bands to improve strength and comfort in your daily living activities.

Cardio Fitness
Doug Forne, Certified Fitness Instructor, LECOM Center for Health and Aging
Thursdays at 9:30 – 10: 15 a.m.
$3.00 per class
Use dumbbells, exercise bands and your own body weight with this full body workout targeting major upper and lower body muscle groups.

Please contact Marie Heberlein at 814-453-5072 or via email at to learn more about fitness class opportunities.