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 fitness
  • 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
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“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."

Day Class Time   Instructor Location
Monday Strength Training
9 - 9:45 AM
Maddi/Karyn Facebook Live
Tuesday Aqua Fitness* 7 - 7:45 AM Kayla Cooper Pool
Registration required through SignUpGenius
Wednesday Strength Training
9 - 9:45 AM
Maddi/Karyn
Perry Field House Track Room
Registration required through SignUpGenius
Thursday Aqua Fitness
7 - 7:45 AM
Kayla Cooper Pool
Registration required through SignUpGenius
Thursday SilverSneakers Circuit
9 - 9:30 AM
Luke/Kayla Facebook Live
Friday Gentle Chair Yoga 9 - 9:30 AM
Rachel Facebook Live

Virtual Older Adult Fitness Classes are FREE to everyone, and are offered through the BGSU Recreation and Wellness Older Adult Facebook Community Group. All classes are saved in the video section of this group allowing you to re-watch them at any time, and participate when your schedule allows.

In-person Aqua Fitness classes are FREE to all SRC Members and are offered with the purchase of a Day-Pass for $10 to non-SRC members.

* Aqua Fitness Instructions

  • Class is offered in the shallow area of Cooper Pool (Lanes 19 & 20).
  • While in the water, all participants must keep at least 6 feet apart and remain in their designated area.
  • Participation is limited and pre-registration is required through SignUpGenius. 
  • Download SignUpGenius Instructions
  • Participants are allowed in the pool starting at 6:45 AM, and due to cleaning protocols, must be out of the pool area by 7:45 AM.
  • Participants are expected to review and adhere to all Recreation and Wellness Policies.
  • Locker rooms and shower facilities are currently not available

Older Adult SRC Membership Registration Process

  • 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.

Assumption of Risk

If you engage in the virtual exercise classes, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself and agree to release and discharge RecWell and all employees and/or successors from any and all claims of action, known or unknown, or arising out of RecWell’s negligence.

Class Descriptions and Details

Click the tabs below for complete information about the various program types typically offered through the Older Adult Fitness program. While only the classes listed above are currently offered, many of these options will return when it is safe to do so.

In this fun, shallow-water exercise class you'll use a signature splash-board to increase strength and endurance. Splash is suitable for all skill levels and is safe for non-swimmers.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Increase muscle strength and range of movement, and improve activities for daily living. You'll have a chair for seated exercises and standing support. Your instructor can modify the exercises for your fitness level.

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. 

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.

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

  • Lap swimming, by reservation is available in Cooper Pool.
  • No Cost to SilverSneakers , Renew Active, and AARP Medicare Supplement Plan Holders
  • $10 Day Pass fee for non-members
  • Lanes are offered for one or two swimmers during each designated time slot.
  • Login to SignUpGenius to make a reservation: https://bit.ly/CooperRes 
  • Download SignUpGenius Instructions (PDF).
  • August 23 - November 24
    • Monday - Friday:
      5:30 - 9 AM
      : Lane reservations accepted for 5:30 - 6:30, 6:45 - 7:45, and  8 - 9.
      Noon - 8 PM:
      Lane reservations accepted for Noon - 1:15, 1:30 - 2:30, 2:45 - 3:45, 4 - 5, 5:15 - 6:30, and 6:45 - 8:00.
    • Saturday/Sunday: Noon - 4 PM
      Lane reservations accepted for Noon - 12:45,  1 - 1:45, 2 - 2:45, and 3 - 3:45.

Open Walking at the Perry Field House

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.
  • Virtual classes are FREE to all and 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.
  • In-person classes are FREE to SRC members and available to non-members with the purchase of an SRC Day-Pass.
  • Purchase a parking pass (if needed): $18/Semester or $30/Annual
  • Tour the facility and start exercising at no extra cost!
  • Complimentary equipment orientations are also available.

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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


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

For More Information and to check your eligibility online: 
https://partner.uhcrenewactive.com (this link is valid beginning January 1, 2020).