Looking for a quick, fun and un-intimidating strength workout? Got 15 minutes? Got Elastic Bands? Join us for this class with Kathleen!

Equipment: Elastic Bands. Optional - Chair.

For folks with limited mobility - Chair Variation demonstrated.

This Workout offers an Upper Body workout with Cardio intervals.

Strength training using Resistance can not only prevent but significantly improve muscle mass at any age and fitness level. The benefits of strength training do not end here. Strength training helps brain function. It also increases mitochondrial density (mitochondria are the organelles that produce energy in our bodies), metabolism, and longevity.

Using Elastic Bands (Resistance Bands) to workout is called Variable Resistance Training Protocol. It has been proven to be the safest and the most effective way to build strength - among athletes and older adults alike.
You can read more about it here.

The intensity level can be adjusted by adjusting the hold or doubling the bands (as explained in the Intro).


Kathleen Kelly embarked on a second career as a fitness instructor in her late 50s, and was certified as a Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) with subsequent certification as a Senior Fitness Specialist. She teaches group fitness classes in Oakland, CA that combine cardio, strength, and balance exercises, and always conclude with stretching, to enhance flexibility.  The impetus for leading Senior Fitness Classes came from her 80-year old mother, who remarked that although many seniors are in much better shape than in previous eras, fitness classes have not evolved to fit their needs.  While many people remain very active into their 80s and 90s, most “senior” classes seem geared to relatively low-mobility people. So, active 60-80 year olds often have to choose between strenuous classes for younger people, where they risk injury or more sedentary classes for people their age.  Kathleen’s classes offer an alternative that satisfies active older adults, but also offers safe exercises and modifications for any of the myriad “issues” we seniors have earned. 

 Kathleen regularly witnesses the positive improvements that a regular exercise routine brings to the lives of her senior clients, both physically and emotionally. Clients are thrilled to find out, for example, that they are no longer considered pre-diabetic because their numbers have improved dramatically after six months in her class; or they find that when they return for a high-school reunion, they are in such good shape that their friends ask for their secret!  She has experienced these benefits personally, after recovering from a knee-replacement with relative ease and in record time.

Kathleen’s passion is music, which plays an important role in her life, and she finds really helps to motivate her and others in her classes.

Fun Trivia: Kathleen Kelly and Clarice Cummins are good friends in real life :) 

Kathleen Kelly


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