Fitness Services

Regular exercise can help you maintain your independence and lower your chances of acquiring chronic illnesses like Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and colon cancer. Studies have shown that people who participate in fitness classes have a significant increase in flexibility and balance, a decrease in body mass index (BMI), and increased agility, endurance, and strength. 

Some of our services within our fitness department include:

  • Caul Fitness Center — 24-hour access for residents, employees, passport members, and membership holders.
  • Personal training — Certified personal trainers will evaluate your physical condition, set goals with you, and help you meet those goals. Personal training can be completed on the Meadowlark Hills campus in Caul Fitness Center. In-home personal training is also offered in the Manhattan area.
  • Exercise classes — Meadowlark Hills fitness specialists hold various classes, which will help you stay active and healthy (see schedule below).
  • Boot Camp — Join BCC Manhattan and certified expert personal trainer, Josh Vogt, as he leads a fitness course called Boot Camp.  This six-week program, coordinated through our fitness department, will whip you into shape through a collection of exercise programs including cardio, muscle toning, and more.
  • Various races/runs — Meadowlark Hills fitness department sponsors numerous races throughout the year, including the Area Agency on Aging Resolution Run. Contact our fitness coordinator today for more details on how you can participate.

Group Fitness Schedule

Seated Strength

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:30–10:10 a.m.

  • Suitable for beginners
  • For individuals that cannot stand for long periods of time 
  • Total body strengthening exercises while seated in a chair
  • Hand-weights and exercise bands for resistance
  • Seated flexibility and breathing exercises as part of cool-down
     

Weights 101

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:20–11:00 a.m.

  • Suitable for active and moderately active individuals
  • Total body strengthening exercises
  • Low-impact aerobic exercises
  • Either seated or standing
  • Hand weights, exercise bands, and bodyweight for resistance 
  • Seated flexibility and breathing exercises as part of cool-down
     

Sit & Be Fit

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.

  • Suitable for moderately active individuals
  • Total body strengthening exercises
  • Low-impact aerobic exercises either seated or standing
  • Hand weights, exercise bands, and bodyweight for resistance
  • Seated flexibility and breathing exercises as part of cool-down
     

Steady Yourself

Tuesday & Thursday
10:30–11:00 a.m.

  • Suitable for all levels
  • Designed to prevent falls
  • Seated and standing stability, balance, and posture exercises utilizing bodyweight and balance discs (optional)
  • Standing leg strengthening and balance exercises
  • Flexibility exercises at the end of the class
     

Chair Yoga

Tuesday & Thursday
11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

  • Suitable for all levels
  • No poses while lying on the floor or standing
  • Combines physical poses, breathing, and relaxing
  • Good for: flexibility, muscle strength, core strength, and balance

     

Contact

Jeff Heidbreder, Fitness Services Leader
fitness@meadowlark.org