Strength Training For 50 and Older Set

Staff Report:

The Strong Women and Men Program will be offered in Los Alamos this winter. The program is a research based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older.

Previously called the StrongWomen and Men Growing Stronger programs, this offering allows for both women and men to strength train in the same class.

Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights (strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density in middle-aged women and men. Additionally, strength training improves self-confidence, sleep, vitality and reduces risk for diabetes, heart disease, depression and obesity.

Components of the program include:

  • 24 classes – 12 weeks, two times a week, 45 minutes per class taught by a fitness professional
  • 12 weekly nutrition, health and wellness related newsletters
  • Availability of book lending library
  • StrongWomen or Men Growing Stronger t-shirt
  • All equipment provided
  • Pre and post physical assessments

The next program runs Feb. 3 – April 24. Two time options will be offered. The final option selected will be based upon registrants’ interest and availability. The first option is 9:15-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 3 – April 23. The second option is 2:30-3:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 4 – April 24. An optional orientation to the program will be held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center conference room at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan 13.

Class size is 25 and the cost is $60. 

A mandatory screening will be held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Pre-registration for the series is necessary and the registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 24.  

This program is intended for people who have not previously participated in the Strong Women and Men program. It may be possible to repeat the class if space is available.

Registration packets can be obtained at the Los Alamos Extension Service located in the Community Building, on the website or by calling 662-2656.

Those with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service should contact Extension Home Economist/4-H Agent Paula Roybal Sánchez at 662-2656 at least 48 hours prior to program.