Older Adult Fitness

Physical Activity is Essential to Healthy Aging

Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  Exercise can help you:

  • Maintain and improve physical strength and ftness
  • Improve balance and ability to do day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others
  • Manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis
  • Reduce feelings of depression and may improve mood and overall well-being
  • Help prevent many age-related health problems
OlderAdultFitness-2017-02

“Our instructor truly cares about helping us remain active and happy!!"

“Older adult strength class has been beneficial for building muscle strength,balance and movement, all essential to our aging.

“We have a great time and manage to include lots of laughs!”

“I love Aqua Groove! Dancing to music is so much fun.”     

"Karyn works our upper body, lower body, and core each session, improving strength and balance, both of which become more important as the calendar pages turn!  However, she changes up the ways in which we work these body parts with each session so that it doesn’t become monotonous."

"It's great, it's fun, the social exposure is a must for us reclusive types."

“I have made many new friends and exercising in a group setting is so much more fun!” 

“The stretching and relaxation techniques are invaluable.”

"I play racquetball for nearly two hours prior to my 'Aqua Power' class.  It is a perfect way to wind down and stretch out.  I love it!  The water is so gentle."

“When I am out of town, I hate missing my classes. “

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in various adult fitness classes at the SRC of BGSU. Every class I have taken and continue to take, has been very beneficial and enjoyable. From the pool classes to strength and conditioning to yoga and to dance… all have been taught by enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and caring instructors and have provided me with health and fitness benefits that my doctors and myself have definitely noticed.”

“It’s Great! It’s Fun! I Love It!”

"The BGSU Rec Center Older Adult Fitness classes are inclusive for older adults of ALL abilities. The staff and students make everyone feel welcome and valued no matter what stage you are in with regard to exercise ability. We are all encouraged to work at our own level and to get fitter, regardless of our starting point. And they make it FUN!"

"I have been in the strength training class for a year and a half, love it, and hate to miss it. Strengthening my core has nearly eliminated my back pain. I know I would not be exercising like this at home on my own. My husband and I totally enjoy the dance exercise class. It is wonderful for us as a couple. These classes are never the same old boring routine, and I feel that participating in these classes is gaining us the maximum enjoyment in our retirement years. I am amazed at my strength, flexibility, and endurance. We are privileged to have this in Bowling Green."

"By far the best classes I’ve ever taken. The instructors are outstanding!  They keep it fun and ‘do-able’, even as they motivate us each day to increase our strength, stamina, and flexibility. Highly recommend!"

"I look forward to going. The instructors are knowledgeable making exercising worthwhile and enjoyable. The  participants add to the fun. A great way to start your day in the pool, strength training and with yoga."

"My morning classes at rec center are the highlight of my day. My health has improved as I am more flexible, have less joint pain, and have more active lifestyle. The instructors are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and keep us moving in the right direction. I have made many new friendships and enjoy our time together exercising, talking and laughing. Overall I feel great being a part of these classes."

Older Adult Fitness Programming Registration

  • Register at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk prior to class start date
  • Purchase a Parking Pass (if needed) from the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk
    $18 for One Semester | $30 for Annual Pass
  • Complete a Waiver and Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PDF)
  • A medical clearance is required prior to participating only if answering "yes" to one or more questions on the PAR-Q. Consult your physician and provide the Physician Consent Form (PDF) prior to participation. 

For More Information: Karyn Smith, Health Educator: 419.372.9309 | karync@bgsu.edu
Older Adult Fitness Programming brought to you in partnership with the BGSU Optimal Aging Institute.

Summer 2019 Fitness Class and Activity Schedule

  • Session I: May 20 - July 3 | Session 2: July 8 - August 16
  • Limited to 25 participants per class
  • Registration at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk is required
  • Click the tabs below for complete information about each program
  • Fees per 6-week class session are listed below each description

WET: A therapeutic aquatic program designed for older adults.  WET has a positive effect on cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and joint flexibility, and is set in a social atmosphere. Classes led by Karyn.

Time Days Location SilverSneakers , Renew Active, and AARP Medicare Supplement Plan Holders SRC Member Non-SRC Member
9 - 10 AM
Monday and Wednesday Student Recreation Center Andrews Pool No Charge $8 $38

A combination of traditional water exercises with your favorite music and upbeat moves!  Conducted in the shallow end of the pool, this is a great total body, low-impact cardiovascular workout.  Classes led by Crystal.

Time Days Location SilverSneakers , Renew Active, and AARP Medicare Supplement Plan Holders SRC Member Non-SRC Member
7:15 - 8:10 AM
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Student Recreation Center Andrews Pool
No Charge $8 $38

The higher intensity aqua class combines the benefits of interval training and dynamic exercises to build power, strength, and cardiorespiratory fitness. This aqua class increases the heart rate and challenges participants while having fun in the water. Classes led by Jared.  

Time Days Location SilverSneakers , Renew Active, and AARP Medicare Supplement Plan Holders SRC Member Non-SRC Member
7:30 - 8:30 AM
Monday and Wednesday
Student Recreation Center Andrews Pool
No Charge $8 $38

This class combines the benefits of a low-impact dance cardio class with he high-energy and fun elements of a traditional dance class to deliver a cardiovascular and strength workout. Plus, keep your memory sharp while learning dance steps such as salsa, tango, and merengue. These weight-bearing dance cardio routines can help increase muscular strength and endurance, bone health, and cardiovascular endurance. Classes not offered for Summer 2019.

A dynamic combination of muscle strengthening exercises and weight-bearing cardiovascular exercises - the two types of exercise most important for building bone density! The class also incorporates exercises to improve balance, coordination, agility, and flexibility. Classes led by Karyn.

Time Days Location SilverSneakers , Renew Active, and AARP Medicare Supplement Plan Holders SRC Member Non-SRC Member
9 - 10 AM
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Perry Field House Meeting Room
No Charge $8 $38

Low-impact resistance training ideal for new participants or those looking to get started with strength training. Class is designed to increase muscle strength, improve range of motion, and improve activities for daily living. Classes not offered for Summer 2019.

A wonderful class catered to those who have difficulty sitting on the floor, have injuries, or are interested in a more modified practice. Class includes breathing exercises and mindful movements for stiff joint and gentle stretching for tight muscles. Classes led by Rachel.  

Time Days Location SilverSneakers Member SRC Member Non-SRC Member
9 - 10 AM
Friday Perry Field House Meeting Room
No Charge $5 $20
Time Days Location SilverSneakers Member SRC Member Non-SRC Member
8 - 10 AM
Monday - Friday
Student Recreation Center MAC Gym No Charge No Charge $5 per day

Pickleball is a racquet sports that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. Pickleball is for drop-in participation only. Hours may vary during University break periods, holidays, and special events and are subject to chage. Paddles and balls are available for checkout at the SRC Welcome Desk.

Learn how to safely use the cardio equipment, strength machines, or perform basic free weight and stretching exercises. Schedule a free equipment orientation at the Student Recreation Center with a certified personal trainer.

Contact Karyn Smith, Health Educator - Wellness Connection, at karync@bgsu.edu to schedule a session.

Open Swim in Andrews Pool

Open Walking at the Perry Field House

Not offered for Summer 2019.

The BGSU Student Recreation Center participates in SilverSneakers® and the UnitedHealthcare Renew Active™ and AARP® Medicare Supplement Plan networks. You can become a member of the BGSU Student Recreation Center even if you have already enrolled in a membership or programming at other local clubs or health facilities.

Getting Started at BGSU is Easy

  • Stop by the SRC Welcome Desk with your membership card or personal ID number
  • Register for a SRC facility membership and Older Adult Fitness classes.
    Classes include a variety of options and modifications for all fitness levels and abilities. The classes are led by certified instructors trained specifically in teaching adult fitness.
  • Purchase a parking pass (if needed): $12/Semester or $20/Academic Year
  • Tour the facility and start exercising at no extra cost!
  • Complimentary equipment orientations are also available.

AARP Logo

Eligible participants receive a discounted Student Recreation Center membership ($15/month) and free registration in Older Adult Fitness classes

For More Information: www.pwrfitness.com


SilverSneakers Logo

Eligible participants receive a complimentary Student Recreation Center membership and free registration in Older Adult Fitness Classes.

For More Information: https://www.silversneakers.com/
Call to Check Your SilverSneakers Eligibility: 
1.888.423.4632 (TTY:711) | Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 8 PM EST
Check your SilverSneakers Eligibility Online


RenewActive Logo

Available with select UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans. Eligible participants receive a complimentary student Recreation Center membership and free registration in Older Adult Fitness classes.

For More Information: www.myrenewactive.com
Check your Renew Active Eligibility Online