Seniors stay fit, gain friends with Yampah Yahoos program
If you’re a senior new to the area and itching to meet some new friends, or you’re a senior and looking to get in shape, the Glenwood Springs Community Center offers some programs tailored just for you. Over the past several years, the Community Center’s senior programs have become so popular that nearly 100 people participate, said Glenwood Parks and Recreation Department adult fitness coordinator Emily Fifer. Most participants, she said, are between the ages of 50 and 75, and often enroll in the program not just for good fitness, but to meet good friends, as well. Visit the Community Center any weekday morning and you’ll witness plenty of seniors working out together in the gym as part of the Community Center’s Yampah Yahoos program.
The Yampah Yahoos is a series of fitness classes for the 50-plus crowd. The classes focus on strength, flexibility, range of motion, balance, reaction time and cardiovascular fitness. Taught by Lesa Russo, a registered nurse at Valley View Hospital, the classes cost $40 for a punch pass for 10 classes, and $80 for a 20-class punch pass. For those who live outside of Glenwood Springs, the 10-class punch pass costs $50 and the 20-class punch pass costs $100.The Yampah Yahoos fitness class meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and the strength training class meets at 8:30 a.m. the same days. Fifer said the classes aren’t just about getting in shape. Participants also sometimes get together for socials and potlucks. “It’s a fun class, too,” she said.
For seniors looking to get out of town this summer, the Community Center is offering a variety of trips for those older than 50. The Community Center leads about nine trips each year, Fifer said, three of which are scheduled through mid-July. Featured trips early this summer include a trip to the Isle of Capri, the largest casino and hotel in Black Hawk. The center is inviting seniors to gamble the slots and take it easy in the casino’s lounges and restaurants. The trip to Black Hawk on May 17 costs $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents. The next trip will be June 14 to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Participants will see the controversial Body Worlds 2, an anatomical exhibition of real human bodies, and an IMAX movie or planetarium visit. The fee for the trip is $45 for residents and $50 for non-residents.
On July 12, the Community Center will lead seniors to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, where participants will see perennial beds, waterfall sand rock gardens. The trip costs $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents. For more information, call the Community Center at (970) 384-6301.Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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