Silver Sneakers Classic
SilverSneakers Classic utilizes a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated or standing support.
Silver Sneakers Boom
This class incorporates athletic exercises that boost your overall fitness. Move through muscle-conditioning blocks and activity-specific drills to improve strength and functional skill. For Active Adults.
Silver Sneakers Stability
Focused on improving balance, this standing class uses chair support to advance cognition and fall prevention skills.
Benefits of SilverSneakers Exercise
- Strengthens the bones and muscles.
- Reduces the likelihood of a person developing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.
- Decreases the risk of falls and functional limitations.
- Increases a person’s chance of living longer.
- Lowers risk of depression, anxiety, and insomnia because regular exercise enhances brain health, which helps maintain thinking skills.
- Social engagement is another lifestyle practice that plays an essential role in health. As social isolation can contribute to the decline in functional abilities and severe illness, developing social relationships may reduce these risks.
Regular exercise for seniors has multiple health and mental benefits.
What to Expect
SilverSneakers is a fitness program for older adults that provides access to gyms, community exercise classes, and workout videos. To be eligible, a person must have a Medicare plan that includes SilverSneakers among its benefits. The main goal of SilverSneakers is to promote good health through physical activity.
Please note that seniors ages 65+ who are not SilverSneakers are welcome to join the class and participate in the fun.
It is best to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing.
These classes are free as a benefit of membership and are for JCC members only. Become a member today!
For instructor and student safety, class sizes are capped at 35 participants.
About the Instructors
Jim Gould, one of our SilverSneakers instructors, is by far one of our most popular and beloved instructors. His classes, and students, are lively and invigorating. And he often has theme days where everyone dresses in costume and/or brings snacks.
A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, James D. Gould was “reorganized” in 2012 and reinvented himself into a “pre-retirement” career. He has been a member of the JCC Personal Trainer team since 2013. “I specialize in active older adults because I am one!” Jim believes it is never too late to get into shape and live life to the fullest. “I truly believe an active mind and body are the fountains of youth!” Jim also trains adolescents and young adults. As a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer, Jim has certifications in SilverSneakers MSROM, SilverSneakers Cardio Fit, Group Cycling, and Group exercise. “I keep fit to actively play with my five young grandchildren, not watch.”
Terry Small is a former 42-year teacher and coach, so he knows just how to motivate class participants.
Fitness Is a Core Jewish Value
At the JCC, fitness classes aren’t just something we do; it’s who we are. Although exercise is not mentioned in the Torah, taking care of one’s health is. In fact, while other belief systems advocate for the healing power of prayer, Judaism encourages people to look after their health and seek counsel from medical experts. In Judaism, good health is not a goal in itself; rather, it is a means to an end – to serve the Creator.
We offer classes and options for exercise the way you want it, whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or looking for expert advice and/or someone to hold you accountable. It all starts with you.