Why SilverSneakers Members Love Our Classes

By the Editors of SilverSneakers |

You’ll get stronger, feel happier, and have fun with new friends!

Whether you’re starting an exercise routine for the first time in your life or looking to mix up your workouts, SilverSneakers classes have something for you. Find out what SilverSneakers members love about our senior exercise classes and the wide variety of options that are available.

You’ll Get Fit and Make Friends

“I started about six years ago,” says SilverSneakers member Pat Minitti. “I was stiff. No balance. No flexibility.” Shortly after he began attending classes, he noticed an improvement in those areas—and felt more capable.

But his favorite part of classes? “The camaraderie,” he says.

He’s not alone. Most people don’t join SilverSneakers to meet new friends, but friendships are what keep them coming back. In fact, 49 percent of active members say they are motivated to continue exercising because they have a SilverSneakers friend.

And the power of friendship goes beyond exercise. “This place is filled with kindness, smiles, and caring elderly ladies who, like me, go for therapeutic reasons, but who have also formed a family here,” says SilverSneakers member Rosa Juarez. “Some of us have lost loved ones and have also found new friends to love.”

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Our Instructors Have Your Back (and Hips and Core)

You’ll encounter SilverSneakers instructors of all ages. Some have spent their entire careers in fitness. Others decided to become instructors in their 60s or 70s.

But they always have two things in common. One, SilverSneakers instructors are trained in senior fitness. Two, they’ll support you on your exercise journey.

“The best part is there’s an instructor,” says SilverSneakers member Marilyn Gillham. “If you’re not using the right muscle the right way or you’re turning your wrist the wrong way, they can help you.”

Got a bad knee or balance issues? Have a chronic condition like diabetes? Previously had a stroke? Let instructors know, and they can adapt exercises for your needs. For example, they can modify a standing exercise so you can do it seated in a chair.

There’s a Class for You, No Matter Your Fitness Level

What began in 1992 as a first-of-its-kind class for older adults has grown to a program with senior exercise classes for different levels and interests. Even better, SilverSneakers members can take as many different classes as they want!

Classes vary by location, but here’s a sample of what you’ll find.

SilverSneakers Classic

You’ll move to music through exercises that increase strength and range of motion. A chair is available for support, and you don’t have to get down on the floor for exercises.

This beginner-friendly class emphasizes hip stability, shoulder mobility, and core strength. “The stronger we are in the core, the better able we are to work everything else,” says SilverSneakers instructor Terri Tracey.

SilverSneakers Circuit

You’ll use light weights, resistance tubes, and a SilverSneakers ball for a full-body workout. A chair is available for support.

SilverSneakers CardioFit

You’ll build endurance and core strength with this heart-healthy aerobics class.

SilverSneakers Yoga

You’ll move through a series of yoga poses and practice breathing exercises. A chair is available for support.

SilverSneakers EnerChi

You’ll do slow, low-impact movements based on tai chi to improve strength, balance, and focus. A chair is available for support.

SilverSneakers Splash

You’ll stay in the shallow end of the pool for a low-impact, joint-friendly water exercise class. The class is safe for non-swimmers.

SilverSneakers Stability

You’ll improve balance through exercises that strengthen your ankles, knees, and hips. A chair is available for support.

SilverSneakers BOOM

Want a challenge? These fast-paced, high-intensity classes are designed for baby boomers and active older adults.

SilverSneakers FLEX

Prefer to exercise outside of the traditional gym? Looking to try tai chi, boot camp, or other types of workouts? FLEX offers fitness classes taught at convenient neighborhood locations, such as recreation centers and local parks.

SilverSneakers On-Demand

If you can’t make it to class in person, take advantage of our online video workouts led by SilverSneakers trainers.

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