All classes are done to music and have a duration of 1 hour.
Prime Movers classes have been structured for the active older adult to ensure they exercise in a safe manner. The classes have a format that is taught to all Instructors so that there is a consistency and similarity to them, and all Instructors are appraised by a member of the accredited Prime Movers assessment team annually. Regular workshops are held for Instructors to share ideas and keep up to date with information related to Seniors and exercise.
80 classes are held weekly throughout the metropolitan area from Mandurah to Quinns Rock.
Membership numbers of over 5000 are indicative of the benefits and fun experienced in the classes.
The music and choreography are changed monthly to keep classes interesting and varied.
1. Warm up
This section is designed to warm up the joints and prepare the muscles. It includes low impact movements at a not too strenuous pace.
This section covers both a rhythmic stretch and a static stretch. With the rhythmic stretch all movements are free flowing whereas with the static stretch each movement is held for a short time.
This could include a partner and dance and other low impact aerobic type movements designed to increase the heart rate.
4. Muscle strength and endurance
Muscle work is done using light weight dumbbells or elastics. Muscle work is repetitive so each individual movement is repeated several times and works both the arms and legs. Part of this section is done sitting in a chair. We do not include any floor/mat exercises.
5. Cool down and relaxation
Generally done in a chair, this incorporates stretching arms, legs, head, neck and shoulders followed by relaxation of the body and mind.
By the end of the class breathing, heart rate and body temperature have returned to normal.