By Michelle Cohen
On Tues., Feb. 21, the entire Lehigh Valley Jewish community is welcome to attend the JCC of the Lehigh Valley’s first exercise class in Easton, held at Bnai Abraham Synagogue from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Coach Terrence Baker, director of fitness and recreation at the JCC, described the class as a “chair-based exercise class designed to increase muscle strength, range of motion and flexibility.” Participants will use a small pair of dumbbells, a small stability ball and an exercise band in “moderately intense” exercises. The class will be low-impact on muscles, and each individual exercise can be modified for physical limitations. The exercises are specifically chosen to help increase ease of everyday functions for the intended audience – older adults – but they can also be modified to provide a challenge for any age group and body type.
The JCC is hosting these classes out of an interest to “strengthen our partnerships with the community and reach out to Easton,” Baker said. The goal of the classes is to “build community with fitness, show [Easton residents] what’s available at the JCC [and] provide quality fitness programs to Easton to help enrich [participants’] lives.”
Baker invites the Jewish community to experience a “fun, easy way to exercise with friends and family,” adding that the class is casual and not intimidating. He reminds participants to wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
The classes will be held at Congregation Bnai Abraham on Tuesdays beginning on Feb. 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and will be led by a JCC fitness instructor. For more information, contact Coach Terrence Baker at 610-435-3571 ext. 140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.